It's feared that a family of 7 perished in Carrickmines blaze

A mother, father their five children are feared dead following the massive fire that engulfed a halting site in Carrickmines in the early hours of this morning. The five children were all under the age of 10, and consisted of four boys and a seven month old girl. The site was a temporary halting site consisting of portacabins and mobile homes but it is thought that it was a permanent structure that caught fire, and not one of the temporary living departments. It is also feared that the wive's sister, her husband and their child may have died in the far as they were staying over for the night. Early indications are that they were all staying in the same portacabin when it caught fire.   It is understood that three generations of one family live on the site that is located next to Wayside Celtic Football Club near Dun Laoighre. Fire services have been battling the blaze since the early hours of this morning and the Dublin Fire Brigade confirmed that six units were dispatched to the scene along with three ambulances. It is also believed that two children and two adults have been taken to St Vincent's and Tallaght hospitals after suffering from smoke inhalation. Sinn Féin councillor Chris Curran spoke of his sadness at the tragic incident.
"It seems to be around four o clock this morning a fire took place on the Glenamuck Road and there's been multiple fatalities," he told
"I've hear information locally that as many as eight people have passed away and a young child remains in hospital. It certainly seems that the poor family in this case that has been affected have been living in this area for a very long time, certainly in my knowledge. An awful lot of people would have known them. They would have been well-liked and well-known," he added.

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