Funerals this week for ten killed in halting site blaze

The ten people who died in a fire in Carrickmines in Dublin on Saturday are expected to be laid to rest in coming days. The victims are Willie Lynch and Tara Gilbert and daughters Kelsey and Jodie, Thomas and Sylvia Connors and their children Jim, Christy and six-month old Mary. 39-year-old Jimmy Lynch, a brother of Willie, also died in the fire. Books of condolence will be opened at the offices of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in Dún Laoghaire and Dundrum this morning. Post-mortem examinations of the remains were carried out at Tallaght Hospital  by assistant state pathologist Margeret Bolster. It is expected it will be some days before the remains are officially identified using DNA and dental records. Two adults and a child injured in the blaze remain in hospital. The alarm was raised at 4.24am yesterday with six units of the Dublin Fire Brigade on the scene and a number of paramedics and ambulances. image A member of the Dublin Fire Service said that it seemed the fire broke out in a prefab in the halting site, which quickly spread to surrounding units. Gardai are investigating the cause of the blaze but early indications are that it was not a criminal act and it is not being treated as suspicious. It is understood the scene was difficult to examine due to the extensive damage caused by the blaze and the number of people caught up in it.

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