A FATHER-of-one has died in a devastating fire at his Dublin home last night.
The victim, named locally as Adrian Dalton, is reported to have been found dead in the attic of the house on Whitestown Avenue in Blanchardstown.
Gardai are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the fire.
The alarm was raised at around 9.30pm by neighbours who spotted smoke billowing from the house.
"They tried to break-in and help but they were beaten back by the fire on the landing," a tearful neighbour said.
"It's terribly tragic. We feel for this poor young man," she said.
Mr Dalton, who was in his 30s and lived alone, had one son who is aged about 10.
"The local kids will miss him, because he was always fixing their bikes and their punctures and their bicycles when they broke.
"He was a nice lad but had his own demons it seems," said another man on the road.
Mr Dalton was found upstairs by fire crews who were called to the blaze between 9.30pm and 10pm.
He was fully clothed at the time, and gardai have sealed off the property pending a forensic examination by members of the garda technical bureau an investigation.
However, the fire and Mr Dalton's death is believed to have been a tragic accident.
The flames in the terraced house were quickly extinguished, but there was evidence of smoke damage on the upstairs curtains and walls.
Neighbours said there was a lot of smoke pouring from the house as the fire brigade worked at the scene last night.
Three units of Dublin Fire Brigade, backed up by an emergency tender and a district officer, attended the fire along with an ambulance.