Jury Retire To Consider Verdict On Carrickmines Halting Site Fire

Elaine Stenson
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The jury in the inquest into the deaths of ten people at a halting site in Carrickmines in south Dublin has retired to consider their verdicts.

Five adults and five children lost their lives when a mobile home caught fire in the early hours of October 10th 2015.

During this inquest, the jurors heard harrowing eye witness accounts from members of the Connors family who tried desperately to rescue their loved ones who were inside one of two caravans that caught fire

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Six-month-old baby Mary Connors was plucked from her cot and moved to the second unit just 81cm away.

A firefighter rescued her from there when the fire spread to it but she was pronounced dead in hospital.

The site was a “temporary emergency site” and therefore not subject to regular building regulations.

Technical experts said the cause of the fire was a chip pan left on a cooker.

Yesterday, the jurors heard all ten died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

They’ve been asked to decide whether the deaths were accidental or as a result of misadventure, which is a death caused accidentally due to a risk that was voluntarily taken.

They can also make recommendations if they so wish.