Friday 18 January 2019

I lost my partner and a son - now I've lost my home too

GARDAI are investigating the cause of a fire which destroyed the home of a Dublin woman whose partner was shot dead and whose son drowned.

Tina Murphy and her son Dillon watched on in horror as their home on Donomore Crescent in Killinarden, Tallaght, was gutted by fire early on Sunday morning.

Investigators are awaiting a fire officer's report on the blaze before deciding how to proceed with the case, but sources have told the Herald that threats have been made against the family and that the fire may have started in the hall at the front door.

Ms Murphy buried her son Keith three years ago after he died in a drowning incident in Lanzarote.

It was the second tragedy to hit the family. Keith's father Joe Cummins was murdered in 2001 when he was shot in the head at point-blank range on Main Street in Tallaght.

The mum-of-five and son Dillon had a lucky escape when the blaze broke out as they slept.

The pair were awoken by the sound of breaking glass and were terrified to find their home was in flames.


Neighbours told the Herald the alarm was raised at around 8.30am on Sunday.

"It was very dramatic, there were flames leaping from the roof and everything," said one local woman. "It just went up like a matchbox. It could have been an awful tragedy but thankfully they got out."

It is understood that Tina escaped from an upstairs bedroom on to a small porch at the front of the house, and frantic neighbours had to use wheelie bins to get her down.

Dillon jumped from another window, and both were taken to Tallaght hospital suffering smoke inhalation.

There were fears for Ms Murphy's life at one stage when her throat started to swell and block her airway, and she was rushed to intensive care. Today the house is a burned-out shell. The heat was so intense that all ceilings collapsed.

"It is a terrible thing to happen, Tina had only done up the house last summer and it was her little palace," said one neighbour.

Gardai have launched an investigation into the cause of the fire. Mrs Muphy is said to be devastated by the latest tragedy.

Her son Keith died on his first night at the popular resort of Puerto del Carmen in Lanzarote on May 26, 2008 during his first holiday abroad.

He had travelled to the Canaries to attend the wedding of a friend and was partying beside a pool at the resort when he fell in and got into trouble.

Keith had been left without a father from a young age after his dad Joe was gunned down in an execution-style killing on Tallaght's main street as he left the Dragon's Inn pub on St Stephen's Day, 2001.


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