Two airlifted to hospital following Meelick fire

Two airlifted to hospital following Meelick fire

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Emergency services at the scene of the fire at Meelick – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Update: One of two men injured in the incident has died in hospital. The older of the two men, aged 89 years, succumbed to his injuries in hospital. The second man, understood to be his son, is recovering in hospital.

The victim has been named as Joe Quinn from Knockroe, Meelick. Mr Quinn’s funeral arrangements have also been confirmed. Click here.

Earlier: Two men have been airlifted to hospital following an incident  at a house in East Clare this evening.

The fire was reported shortly before 6.00pm at Knockroe near Meelick. It’s believed the incident involved flammable liquid and resulted in a man in his late 80s sustaining very serious injuries while another man, in his 40s, was also hurt.

Although the incident occurred in Co Clare, the area is covered by Limerick Fire Service. Four units of the fire brigade from the city responded along with ambulance paramedics and gardaí.

The Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS) air ambulance and the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 115, attended the incident and landed in fields close to the scene. There was a doctor on board the Air Corps helicopter in addition to the usual crew complement

Rescue 115 lifting from the scene with the second casualty – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

One man was airlifted to Bishopstown GAA field in Cork while the other was flown to Cork Airport. They were then transported by road ambulance to the burns unit at Cork University Hospital for specialist treatment.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is now underway.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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