MAN DIES IN BALLYDUFF HOUSE FIRE
A Ballyduff man in his late 70s was burned to death when his thatched farmhouse caught fire sometime after midnight on Saturday last. The fire is believed to have raged during the night before it was noticed by neighbours who alerted the emergency services.
The man, David Condon, an elderly farmer living at Shean Beg, Ballyduff, is believed to have died of smoke inhalation before the house was completely engulfed by flames.
The Lismore and Tallow Fire Brigades, who were alerted at 10.45 on Sunday morning, were quickly on the scene fighting the blaze and, later, demolishing the house, after the roof caved in.
“The man lived on his own in a sort of a cul de sac. He had neighbours across the field, but it all happened during the night, in the dark. We believe it was burning through part of the night. The house was completely destroyed and the fire spread very fast especially due to the thatched roof,” said a spokesperson for the Lismore Fire Brigade.
We extend sympathy to the Condon family on their tragic loss.
Thursday 11th February 5:40pm