Three units from Limerick Fire and Rescue attended the scene of the fire
An investigation has been launched after an elderly man died in a house fire in Limerick city overnight.
The alarm was raised shortly after 1.30am this Saturday after the blaze broke out at a house at Rose Court, Keyes Park, Southill.
Three units from Limerick Fire and Rescue, Mulgrave Street attended the scene for over an hour while gardai were also in attendance.
Gardai have confirmed a man, aged in his 80s, died following this incident.
"The fire was discovered by the man's son who was returning home. He discovered the house filled with smoke and his father unresponsive in an upstairs bedroom," said a garda spokesperson.
It's understood one of the man's pet dogs also died as a result of the incident.
The scene was preserved overnight and a technical examination has been carried out by members of the divisional scenes of crime unit.
According to neighbours of the man, a washing machine was removed from the house by gardai who have stated they believe the fire started accidently.
A post morterm is to be carried out on the body of the deceased man at University Hospital Limerick.
Gardai at Roxboro Road are investigating the incident on behalf of the coroner.