Inquest Into Deaths Of 10 People At Carrickmines Halting Site To Hear From First Responders

Elaine Stenson
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The jury in the inquest into the deaths of ten people at a halting site in south Dublin is due to hear from first responders today.

At Dublin Coroner’s Court yesterday, family members of some of the victims gave evidence of the frantic efforts to rescue them from the blaze in Carrickmines.

In the early hours of Oct 10th 2015, a chip pan left on a cooker in the kitchen of Thomas Connors’ mobile home caught fire.

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He died in the blaze that followed – so too did his wife Sylvia and three of their children.

Two of Sylvia’s two brothers, her brother’s partner and their two daughters were visiting that night and also lost their lives in the fire.

Yesterday, members of the Connors family who were also living on the temporary halting site in Carrickmines gave evidence to the inquest.

The jurors heard of the frantic efforts to try and save those inside the burning caravan.A 4-year-old boy and a 6-month-old girl were rescued, but sadly baby Mary was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Firefighters arrived at the scene very quickly after receiving the emergency call and jury members will hear from them and other first responders today.