CO DONEGAL, Ireland – Gardai have released the names of the 10 people killed in Friday’s explosion at a service station and adjoining apartment blocks in Creeslough, County Donegal.
Meantime, investigators continue to probe the cause of the explosion, which appears at this stage to have been the result of a tragic accident.
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The investigation is being coordinated from an incident room at Milford Garda Station.
The Garda Technical Bureau, with assistance from other agencies, is continuing to examine the scene, which remains cordoned off. These forensic examinations are likely to continue over the coming days. Traffic diversions on the N56 at the scene of the incident remain in place.
Ten fatalities have been confirmed arising from the explosion. The remains of the deceased have been taken to Letterkenny University Hospital, where State Post Mortems have commenced under the direction of Dr. Heidi Okkers, Assistant State Pathologist. These Post Mortems will continue over the next few days. investigators say results will not be released for operational reasons.
A man in his 20s remains in critical condition at St. James Hospital, Dublin. The seven other surviving casualties continue to receive treatment at Letterkenny University Hospital and remain in stable condition.
The 10 fatalities included four men, 3 women, a teenage boy, a teenage girl, and a younger girl. Garda Family Liaison Officers have been appointed to the families and are continuing to provide support and information.
With the consent of the families, gardai have named those who died in Friday’s explosion as follows:
Catherine O Donnell, 39, and her son James Monaghan, 13
Hugh Kelly, 59
Martina Martin, 49
Shauna Flanagan Garwe, 5
James O’Flaherty, 48
Robert Garwe, 50
Leona Harper, 14
Jessica Gallagher, 24
Martin McGill, 49