Inquest rules Kildare fire deaths were accidental

John Flood and William Vaughan died at house in Tully East


Inquest rules Kildare fire deaths were accidental

The house at Tully East, Kildare which was destroyed by fire.

Two men, who died in a house fire at Tully East, near Kildare Town died as a result of inhaling smoke and fire gases.

The deaths of John Flood and William Vaughan were both ruled as accidental at the Kildare Coroner’s Court yesterday afternoon, March 5.

And the Coroner Dr Denis Cusack assured the family of Mr Flood that in a fire situation, a person will have been either very deeply unconscious or even dead before his body was damaged by the fire. Mr Vaughan’s family was unable to travel as a result of weather difficulties. The evidence in the inquest was heard across two different dates. The inquest was opened on February 12 last.

Garda Kevin Flynn told the inquest that he got a call at 2.40am on July 11 to go to the house, 1087 Tully East, which he knew to be owned by Mr Vaughan. He discovered that the house was on fire and over the course of the rest of the night and into the following morning, the bodies of William (“Charlie”) Vaughan (76) and John Paul (“Johnny”) Flood (37), were discovered in the house.

Garda Flynn said both men had a history of alcohol abuse and, in Mr Vaughan’s case, he frequently met him on the road and dropped him home for his own safety and that of other road users. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene, and such was the damage to Mr Flood’s body that DNA evidence was taken from his mother the following day to prove his identity.

Detective Garda O’Donnell, who carried out the forensic tests felt it was not possible to give an exact cause of the fire, although he identified two possible sources of the fire, a tealight in one room, and a stove in another room which had its door broken off. He said that the fire started in a bedroom at the back of the house and that the bathroom where Mr Vaughan’s remains were discovered, was least damaged.

At the time of the fire, the Leinster Leader reported that the fire was attended by three units of the Fire Service, gardai and ambulance personnel. The house is located on the road to Suncroft, near the Irish National Stud. And the home that went on fire was a semi-detached building, and the occupiers of the adjoining house were evacuated as a precaution.

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