TWO QUIZZED IN MURDER PROBE INTO CARRICK FATAL FIRE TRAGEDY

22 April 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

TWO males, one a juvenile, were being questioned by gardai in Co. Monaghan earlier this week in a probe into a fire which tragically claimed the life of a South Monaghan man last month.

The two were arrested by gardai in Carrickmacross on Monday and one was being questioned by detectives at Castleblayney, and the other male was being quizzed at Carrickmacross garda station.

Both were being questioned about the death of Gerry Marron, a local man in his sixties, who died in a fire which swept through his dwelling at St. Macartan’s Villas in Carrickmacross, in the early hours of the morning of March 21st last .

Gardai believe the fire may have been started deliberately and both males were arrested following a protracted and intensive forensic examination of the scene.

It is understood   both suspects were being detained in what was described as “a murder investigation”.

They were being detained on Monday pending further developments in the investigation.

The late Mr. Marron’s body was removed on the morning of the tragic fire to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda where a post-mortem was carried out by the deputy state pathologist, Dr Michael Curtis.

The results of the examination were later passed on to the gardai.

Gardaí revealed the fire services were alerted to the incident shortly after 1.30 a.m by a neighbour who lived across the road from the deceased.

The neighbour reported that he heard “a bang” and saw what appeared to be flames inside the hall of the house.

It is understood the man rushed across the road to investigate, and found the front door of Mr. Marron’s dwelling to be slightly ajar.

It was reported the distressed witness then heard what was later believed to be “a cry for help” but he was unable to enter the blazing building.

It has emerged that gardaí believe another person may have been in the house, before the blaze broke out.

Both those detained at Carrickmacross and Blayney garda stations were released on Tuesday night without charges but, it is understood, a file is being prepared for the DPP.

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