Boy’s death: Engineer inspects site

An engineer’s report will play a key role in establishing how a little boy died in a freak fireplace accident in his family home.

Gardaí have conducted a forensic examination at the scene of the tragedy in Coolgreen, White’s Cross, on the northern outskirts of Cork City, as part of their probe into the death of five-year-old Fionn Dawson on Tuesday.

Fionn, who had just returned from a morning in pre-school, suffered severe injuries when a fireplace collapsed and fell on him as he played in the home.

He was rushed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Gardaí are treating the death as a “tragic accident”. As part of their investigation, they requested the services of an engineer who examined the structure of the chimney and fireplace amid concerns a structural fault may have dislocated the fireplace.

The engineering report will now form a major part of the Garda file for the coroner, who will hold an inquest at a later date.

His devastated parents— Anita, an accountant, and Cormac, a regional manager with Musgrave — who have a younger boy and girl, are being comforted by close family and friends.


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