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Body of man found at scene of Kerry blast

The body of James Gleeson was recovered in Killarney this morning.
Jul 14th 2013, 6:53 PM 19,118 13

Updated 6.53pm

THE BODY OF a man has been recovered from the site of yesterday’s suspected gas explosion in Killarney.

The remains are believed to be of shop and launderette owner James Gleeson. Search and rescue teams had been looking for the 59-year-old since the blast yesterday morning at his businesses in Killarney.

The body has been taken to Kerry General Hospital in Tralee.

A number of people sustained ‘minor injuries’ in the incident with several buildings, including a hotel evacuated as a precaution. Witnesses reported that the windows in a number of premises were blown out in the explosion. All other persons reported missing have now been accounted for.

According to RTÉ News, inspectors from the Health and Safety Authority examined the site yesterday afternoon.

The deceased had run the shop and launderette in the town for many years. He is survived by a wife and one child.

First published 12.17pm

PICTURES: Man unaccounted for in Killarney after suspected gas explosion

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