DUBLIN: At least eight people including a young child are feared dead after a fire broke out at a Traveller site in County Dublin.
The people who died in the early hours of Saturday morning are believed to be three generations of one family who have been living on the site in Carrickmines, a south Dublin suburb, for 20 years.
Two adults and two children suffering from smoke inhalation have been taken to two hospitals in the Irish capital, after fire brigade units and ambulances were called to the scene at around 4am.
Early reports suggested that all eight feared dead were found in the same building close to a local sports club on the Glenamuck Road.
Although there is nothing to suggest at this stage the blaze was a result of an arson attack, the Garda technical bureau has sealed off the scene for forensic examination as local people laid flowers on the road leading to the site.
Local Sinn Féin councillor Chris Curran said the family at the centre of the tragedy were “well known and well liked” in the area.
Meanwhile a Labour councillor for the area, Lettie McCarthy, said she feared one of the children injured in the fire played for the local De La Salle Palmerston rugby team.
McCarthy has been collecting clothes and food for the remaining members of the family, whose possessions were destroyed in the blaze.