Two children dead and woman injured in car fire in Westmeath

Following a car fire in Co. Westmeath, a new born baby and a juvenile girl have died.

The alarm was raised at around 4 p.m. on Friday after a car with three people inside was found on fire on a country road near Multyfarnham.

A small child was taken by ambulance from the scene to Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar, where he was later pronounced dead.

The remains of a juvenile female were discovered inside the car at the scene.

Her body has been taken from the site and transported to Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore.

An adult female was treated at the scene for burn injuries. She was taken by air ambulance to a Dublin Hospital.

Her injures are understood to be serious but not thought to be life threatening.

The scene was preserved overnight after being examined by the Garda Technical Bureau yesterday night.

The vehicle has been removed from the accident scene and will undergo additional forensic testing on Saturday.

The scene has also been examined by the State Pathologist, Dr Sally Ann Collis. Dr Collis will carry out postmortems on both deceased in the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore tomorrow. The Coroner has been notified.

The results of the Post Mortems and the Forensic examinations will determine the course of the investigation.

An incident room has been established at Mullingar Garda Station and Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) has been appointed to lead the investigation.

A Garda family liaison officer has been appointed and An Garda Síochána will continue to support the family involved in conjunction with other state agencies.

An Garda Síochána is appealing to any person with any information in relation to this fatal incident to contact investigating Gardaí at Mullingar at 044 9384000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 11 or any Garda Station.

The investigation is ongoing and further updates will follow.

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