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Mullingar house fire which injured three 'not started maliciously'

Meanwhile, investigators say they are still working to determine the exact cause of the fire.

GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING a serious house fire in Mullingar in which three people were injured in the early hours of Monday say they are ‘satisfied’ that the blaze was not started maliciously.

The investigation into the cause of the fire continues, but gardaí say that a technical examination of the scene has ruled out arson.

One woman and two children remain in hospital but are understood to be recovering from their injuries.

Five people managed to escape from the fire through an upstairs window with the help of their neighbours. A two-year-old girl who was trapped inside the house was rescued by two gardaí, who were later treated for smoke inhalation.

Gardaí today thanked the family’s immediate neighbours and the local community for their assistance throughout the investigation.

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