Elderly man injured in house blaze
ELDERLY MAN 'LUCKY TO ESCAPE'
AN ELDERLY Wexford man is being treated for serious third degree burns in a Dublin hospital this week, after a fire which gutted his family home.
John Doyle, aged 82, of Fernyhill, Killinick, is currently stablised and 'comfortable' in St James's Hospital in Dublin where he is awaiting skin graft operations for his hands and feet after sustaining bad burns in the blaze last Wednesday.
A neighbour, who visited Mr. Doyle in hospital this week, said he was 'lucky to get out alive' from the blaze at his home, which is located just beside the main Rosslare-Wexford Road. The house, Mr. Doyle's parents home, was completely destroyed by the early morning inferno. 'The house is extensively damaged. It's unlikely that he will ever be able to return to live there,' said his neighbour on Tuesday.
Wexford Fire Service were alerted to the blaze at 1.45 a.m. on Wednesday morning after a passing Bus Eireann bus driver, Gary Redmond from Enniscorthy, spotted Mr Doyle, dazed and confused, standing outside his burning house.
Mr Redmond stopped the bus, alerted the emergency services and went to the aid of the elderly gentleman, who is the single occupant of the house, located close to the Danby Lodge.
Two units from Wexford Fire Service responded to the call and arrived shortly after 2 a.m. The firefighters tackled the substantial blaze, as well as treating Mr Doyle before the arrival of ambulance services.
A spokesman for the fire service spokesman said that, thankfully, Mr Doyle woke up and was able to make his way out of his home, though he did sustain injuries in the process..
When an ambulance arrived, Mr Doyle was taken to Wexford General Hospital. He was later transferred to St James' Hospital in Dublin.
The Gardaí also attended the scene of the house fire on Wednesday morning and later carried out a technical examination of the scene. Foul play is not suspected.