A PENSIONER has died following a house fire in county Limerick last night.
Ned Hyland, 77, died after a fire broke out at his home, just outside the village of Kilbehenny, shortly before 10 oâ€™clock.
Despite the best efforts by family and friends to rescue the pensioner - who lived alone - he was found in an upstairs bedroom and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two units from Kilmallock Fire Service and units from Mitchelstown and Fermoy in Cork battled the blaze for over four hours before bringing it under control.
Local Councillor Eddie Ryan described Mr Hyland as a â€œgentlemanâ€.
â€œHe was a huge Fianna Fail supporter for years and would have canvassed for Gerry Collins for many, many elections. Ned was outgoing, very popular and great company,â€ he added.
For more on this story see the print edition of the Limerick Leader newspaper.