It has emerged that the three victims of this morning's house fire in Co. Louth were eight, 16 and 21 years of age and all from the same family.
They died in the blaze which broke out in their house in the Moneymore housing estate in Drogheda at around 7am this morning.
A 13-year-old boy who was also in the house was in a critical condition at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital this afternoon.
The cause of the fire has not yet been established.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Co. Louth, Sheila Broderick, confirmed two of the the younger members of the family were not in the house when the fire broke out:
“Two of the youngest children weren't actually in the house at the time - they were staying with relatives.
“Initially we had to make sure we had everybody accounted for, but we can now confirm those two children were not in the house and as it's a mid-terrace house luckily it hadn't spread to the adjoining houses either.”