In the early hours of Monday morning, the firefighting team of a Dublin fire brigade arrived at a home on O’Connell Street in Dublin.
They arrived to find the family asleep on the couch, their eyes closed.
They had just been to the scene of a house fire, in a property owned by a man they knew as “P” and his partner, who had just taken their daughter to school.
Firefighters arrived at the scene with oxygen masks, but no one was there.
So they called the Irish National Fire Service (INFS) who arrived to help.
The man, who has not been identified, was a member of the Dublin firefighting staff and he was taken to the INFS for assessment.
The family was then taken to a local hospital, where the man died.
The woman who died, who was sleeping in a bed next to her husband and daughter, was treated and released.
The young woman who was in the bed next door was taken for a CT scan.
The father and the mother, who were sleeping in different rooms in the house, were not treated at the hospital.
It is understood they were in shock at the loss of their loved one.
In a statement, the Irish Fire Brigades Association (IFBA) said: “It is with great sadness that the family of a man who died in the fire service have informed us of the passing of their beloved firefighter, “P”.”
He was a dedicated and dedicated member of our community who was always looking out for others.
“The IFAB said there were no immediate plans to lay charges against anyone involved in the incident, but said there had been “unacceptable incidents” in recent months.”
The family is deeply saddened and distressed at the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one,” it said.
It said the family wanted to extend their “deepest sympathies and heartfelt sympathy” to the “devastated” and “devoted” family.
The Dublin Independent said the death of the firefighter was a tragedy and an example of the need for greater accountability in the Irish firefighting system.
In the past few years, there have been several serious incidents in which firefighters have died while trying to extinguish a fire.
In July, a Dublin man was seriously injured after being shot by a member a neighbouring fire brigade while trying get to a house that had been badly damaged by a house blaze.
In April, two firefighters were killed when they tried to fight a blaze on a farm in the Dublin suburbs.