Westmeath: Two children killed and woman injured in car fire

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Two children have died in a car fire in Westmeath in the Republic of Ireland.

A woman suffered serious injuries in the blaze which happened at 16:00 on Friday near Multyfarnham.

A girl was found dead at the scene and an infant boy was taken by ambulance to Regional Hospital Mullingar, where he was pronounced dead.

The woman was transferred by air ambulance to hospital in Dublin. Her injuries are understood to be serious but not life threatening.

Irish police are working to establish the cause of the fire.

A technical and forensic examination began on Friday night, as gardaí (Irish police) work to establish how the fire began.

The car was taken away for further examination.

The State Pathologist, Dr Sally Anne Collis, will carry out post-mortem examinations on the two children today..

A gardaí family liaison officer has been appointed, and gardaí say they will continue to support the family involved in conjunction with other state agencies.

An incident room has been set up at Mullingar Garda Station with a Senior Investigating Officer appointed to lead the investigation.

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