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Monday 5 December 2016

Blaze victim (90) saved by her alarm and is in stable condition

RESCUE

Stoneybatter blaze
Stoneybatter blaze

A woman in her 90s who was revived by fire crews after a blaze at her Dublin home is now said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

Mary O'Brien had activated her Medi Alert panic button in her terraced bungalow on Sigurd Road near Stoneybatter on Sunday to alert a relative that she was in difficulty.

When the relative arrived at the scene there was no outward sign of the fire.

On further inspection, it quickly became apparent that the flames had smouldered away on the inside of the house - filling it with smoke.

Five units on Dublin Fire Brigade raced to the scene and pulled Mary and her live-in-carer Christy Kelly (53) from the house.

They were unable to save Christy, who originally came from the nearby Arbour Place, known locally as Chicken Lane.

Mary was unresponsive when she was found but was successfully revived by paramedics on the ground outside her burning house.

She was rushed to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown where she was on a life support machine.

But she has shown some signs of improvement, and while still seriously ill her condition is described as stable today.

Locals said Christy cared for Mary and often would be seen taking her to the shops.

"She has been living here since she was a child, it's an awful tragedy," said local shopkeeper Maureen McGuinness.

Neighbours said Mr Kelly had grown up on a street known locally as Chicken Lane - or Arbour Place.

CARER

His parents had died and the house was sold for development, and Christy was believed to have been Mary's carer, living in her home for many years.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated but is thought to have being started accidentally.

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