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House fires in Cork and Galway kill two

Separate house fires in Galway and Cork have claimed the lives to two people, an elderly woman and a 48-year-old man.

AN ELDERLY WOMAN HAS died following a fire at her home in Crosshaven, Co Cork.

The Irish Times reports that the emergencies services were called to the scene after neighbours saw flames at the house at around 5am today.

The woman, aged in her mid-70s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Irish Examiner reports that it took the fire services a number of hours to find the woman because some of the internal walls had collapsed within the house. Her body was recovered just after 11am.

It is believed she lived alone at the premises.

Gardaí are conducting a forensic examination of the scene to determine the cause of the fire, but the IT reports that the blaze is not being treated as suspicious.

A 48-year-old man died in a separate fire at a house in Cregg, Kylebrack, Co Galway, RTÉ reports. The man is believed to have been sleeping upstairs, and was pronounced dead at 11am.