Castlebar man dies in flat fire

A man in his thirties was found dead in an upstairs apartment in Castlebar on Wednesday afternoon.

The deceased, named locally as 33-year-old Colin Gillespie, is the son of Connaught Telegraph editor Tom Gillespie.

Mr Gillespie is believed to have died of smoke inhalation after an armchair caught fire in the kitchen area of his rented apartment above Flynn’s Bar on Rush Street.

His body was found in the bedroom by members of the local fire brigade who attended the scene.

They were called to the scene after the owner of the building heard the fire alarm going off at approximately 4.40pm.

Despite attempts by the fire service and a doctor to revive Mr Gillespie he was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 5pm.

A forensic examination of the scene took place and the body was removed to Mayo General Hospital where a post mortem examination was carried out yesterday (Thursday ).

Gardaí are not treating the death as suspicious.

Mr Gillespie is survived by his parents Tom and Mavourneen, sisters Rowena, Emma, Ineka, and twin sister Lenore. He was pre-deceased by his brother Darragh. His remains will repose at the Coady Funeral Home, Castlebar this evening (Friday ) from five o’clock with removal at 6.30pm to the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar. Funeral Mass takes place on Saturday at 12 noon with the funeral proceeding to the new cemetery, Castlebar.

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