Gardai are “investigating all of the circumstances” surrounding the tragic deaths of a young boy and a girl in a car fire in Westmeath.
A two-year-old boy and his five-year-old sister lost their lives in a blaze near the town of Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath, at around 4pm yesterday.
The girl was discovered deceased in the car, while the infant boy was removed from the scene by ambulance to Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar where he was pronounced dead.
The children’s mother, who was also in the car, was rushed to a Dublin Hospital by air ambulance with serious burn injuries. Her injures are understood to be serious but not thought to be life threatening.
The Irish Independent reports that the fire is being treated as suspicious by gardaí.
The car was removed from the scene on Friday for further forensic examinations today.
The scene has also been examined by the State Pathologist, Dr. Sally Ann Collis. Dr. Collis will carry out post mortems on both deceased in the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, today. The Coroner was also notified.
Gardai ask that anybody with information contact investigating Gardaí at Mullingar at 044 9384000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 11 or any Garda Station.