Carn woman's death 'not being treated as suspicious'

Gardai are not treating the death of a Carndonagh woman found dead in a house fire as suspicious at the moment, the Journal has learnt.

Mum-of-five Elizabeth McLaughlin (Loftus) was found dead on the floor of her home at Clos Padraig in Carndonagh at approximately 11am last Friday, New Year's Eve.

Fire officers believe the 50-year-old woman may have died from smoke inhalation, but Gardai say results from her post mortem may not be released until a couple of weeks.

Buncrana-based Sergeant John Gallagher told the Journal yesterday: "The death is not being treated as suspicious at the moment.

Certain procedures have to take place and post mortem results usually take a couple of weeks."

Bobby McMemnamin, Donegal's chief fire officer told the Journal that when the fire service arrived at the scene the house was smoke logged.

He said: "Two firefighters entered the fire and the female occupant was found in the house.

He said she had died by the time firefighters got to her, adding that the property was mainly smoke damaged.

State pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy travelled to the scene on Friday evening and the scene was preserved and technically examined.

Very sad tragedy

Donegal County Councillor Padraig MacLochlainn said it was a very sad tragedy for the family and extended community of Carndonagh.

He said: "Obviously it is a terrible tragedy to happen on New Years Eve.

"My sincerest condolences are extended to the family at this stage.

"It is dreadful that something like this would happen at the start of a New Year.