A woman has died following a fire at her home in Co Clare overnight.
The alarm was raised at around 1.30am when a fire was reported close to the N18 dual-carriageway in the Hurler’s Cross area of Shannon.
Three units of the fire brigade from nearby Shannon Town along with gardaí and an ambulance responded to the emergency call.
Emergency services quickly located the fire at the rear of a house in a cul-de-sac at Firgrove.
While firefighters dealt with the blaze, other personnel forced their way into the front of the property to conduct a search for possible casualties.
Fire crews discovered the body of a woman, believed to be in her 70’s, during that search. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene which was sealed off.
Fire crews spent several hours at the scene before declaring it safe enough to hand over to gardaí for investigation.
The scene is being technically examined at present and the woman’s body is expected to be removed to University Hospital Limerick for a postmortem examination.
Gardaí at Shannon are investigating the tragedy.