A man in 20s has died and two people have been injured following a fire and explosion at a house in Drogheda, Co. Louth.
Shortly after midnight Gardaí were called to the scene of a fire and explosion at a house at The Cottages in the Beaulie area of Drogheda.
Fire and Emergency Services attended the scene. The fire was extinguished and a 28-year-old man injured in the explosion was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.
A second man (50s) and a female (20s) also in the house at the time were removed by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. Their injuries are described as serious but not thought to be life threatening.
The cause of the explosion has not yet been established but it is not being treated as suspicious.
The body of the deceased man has since been removed to the mortuary at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
The local Coroner has been notified.The scene is preserved for technical examination and enquiries are ongoing.