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Saturday 16 December 2017

Teen footballer dies in chip pan blaze at home

a teenage footballer died yesterday following a chip-pan fire in the kitchen of his home.

The 17-year-old, named locally as Evan Kidney, was found dead at his home in Wilton on the southside of Cork city.

Emergency services responded to calls to the Elmvale estate at around 3pm yesterday. They extinguished the blaze but were unable to revive the teen, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gardai confirmed they were investigating the incident, but said they did not believe there was anything suspicious.

It is understood that Evan was making chips using a chip pan in the kitchen when it caught fire. He was overcome by smoke and died at the scene.

The boy's mother Siobhan was being consoled by relatives at the family home yesterday afternoon.

A neighbour described the Kidneys as being a respectable family.

"There are three boys there to the best of my knowledge. I think they are from about 17 to 21. You would see the boys in and out with friends. Good lads."

Evan was a passionate sports fan and played soccer for Greenwood Football Club and GAA for St Finbarr's hurling and football club in Togher.

A spokeswoman for Greenwood FC confirmed that Evan was a member of the club and played a match as recently as last week.

"This time last week he was playing a match with us with the U18s and I think he was involved in an U19s match too."

"We would request that the family be afforded privacy to mourn at this tragic time," they added.

Pals and the local community have rushed to pay tribute to the popular young man.

Evan was described as a "lovely kid who was always full of life" by friends.

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Local Fianna Fail Cllr Fergal Dennehy, who is the local community secretary and who knows the Kidney family, said the town was in shock.

"I would like to say on behalf of the community that we express our condolences to the Kidney family and to Evan's large circle of friends and to the many clubs and organisations that he was an active member of," Cllr Dennehy said.

"He was a lovely young lad and will be sadly missed."

Evan's body remained at the scene yesterday. A post-mortem is expected to be carried out at Cork University Hospital today.

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