Sunday, November 6, 2011


Irishman who moved to Australia for work dies in fire after gas-bottle blast

A YOUNG Irishman who moved to Australia a month ago to find work has been killed in a fire caused by a gas-bottle explosion. Kieran Tynan, of Lisacul, Ballaghadereen, Roscommon, was in the Mackie Hay Plant accommodation unit at New Norcia, near Perth, when the fire broke out at about 4.30am yesterday. The fire caused the roof to collapse, killing Mr Tynan. No one else was injured.
Sergeant Ben Tomasini said Mr Tynan had been working as a farmhand. "He was certainly well liked by his work colleagues and his employer," Sgt Tomasini said. "The owners are very distressed and upset and their hearts have gone out to the man's family."
Senator John Kelly, from Ballaghadereen, said he knew the man and his father Martin, a farmer. "My deepest sympathies are with his family. He only went out there about a month ago and had bought a car. What else are you to do when your mates have all left to find work?"

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