Man in critical condition after Athlone house fire

A man in his 40s is believed to be in a critical condition in hospital after a house fire in the Batteries area of Athlone on Tuesday night.

Gardaí were alerted to the blaze at a house at Battery Heights at around 8.30pm on Tuesday, and two units of the Athlone fire service were called to the scene.

Fire officers had to force their way into the property to rescue the man, who was taken to Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe. His condition was described yesterday as critical.

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