Two sisters, named locally as Jody Brogan, aged 24, and Anngeline Brogan, 28, died in a house fire in Letterkenny yesterday morning.
The alarm was raised after fire broke out at the house in Cannon View at Mountain Top around 11am.
The emergency services found the two young women in one of the bedrooms of the house. One of the women was understood to be dead at the scene, while the other was rushed to the nearby Letterkenny General Hospital, but died a short time later.
A man who was sleeping at the back of the house escaped unhurt.
Gardaí sealed off the area as fire crews and Garda forensic officers carried out a full investigation.
Dr James McDaid, a local GP, was called to the scene after receiving an emergency call. The former Fianna Fáil minister said he was shocked by the incident.
“It was just a horrific scene. That’s all I can say about it. My thoughts are with the family,” he said.
Local priest Fr Brian Quinn of the Church of the Irish Martyrs also attended the scene.
Relatives of the women began to gather as news of the double tragedy broke.
One young woman fell to her knees at the scene, calling out the women’s names.
The young women’s uncle, Johnny Brogan, was clearly upset at the scene.
He said: “I just can’t say anything at the moment. It’s just awful.”
Mayor of Letterkenny Pascal Blake said he was devastated. “It is just terrible news and my thoughts and prayers are with the family.
“It is just such a tragic start to the new year and no family ever wants to hear this news. These two young women had their full lives to live and for them to be cut down like this is just awful.”
Both women had attended Errigal College in Letterkenny and Jody had worked in the town’s Four Lanterns fast food restaurant.
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