Three children suffer serious burn injuries in explosion at Cork home

The children, all younger than two years old, are said to be in serious condition

Coastguard, helicopter, airlifted, Kilkeel, Co Down, incident, rescue

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Three small children who suffered serious burn injuries in an explosion at their West Cork home are being treated in hospital this morning.

The five-month-old twin babies and an 18-month-old toddler were airlifted to Cork University Hospital last night.

The children received serious burns to their bodies when a petrol canister exploded at their home in Drinagh at 6.30pm yesterday evening

It is believed the twins - a boy and a girl - were in the room at the time and were caught in the blast along with their older sibling.

The children's parents - who are in their 20s - raised the alarm and HSE paramedics raced to the scene.

All three were airlifted to Cork University Hospital by an Irish Coast Guard helicopter, which landed in a field near the family home.

The children are said to be in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Meanwhile, the house has been sealed off and technical experts are due to carry out a forensic examination to try and establish what exactly caused the explosion.