Investigations continuing into Sligo fire

Investigations are continuing into the apartment fire in Sligo town which resulted in the deaths of two Sligo men — a father and son — over the weekend.

Those who died were Christopher (Sonny) Harte, aged 64, and his son Sean, 33.

Post mortems have been completed.

The family are originally from the St Brigid’s Place area of the town.

Friends and colleagues remembered and prayed for them over the weekend, with the Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran, offering a Mass for them in Lourdes.
The fire occurred in a first floor apartment of a three-story building in Market Street before 5am on Saturday morning.

Sonny Harte and his son Sean were taken from a second-floor apartment to Sligo University Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Six other people were taken to hospital for assessment for smoke inhalation.

Among the questions now arising is not only how the fire started but why the victims on the top floor were unable to escape.

Among the many around Sligo who knew the two men is local Councillor Gino O’Boyle, who went to national school with Sean in St Edward’s.

Cllr O Boyle and Sean also worked in the same jobs, as doormen at different premises in Sligo town.

Cllr O’Boyle said Sonny and Sean were both avid Glasgow Celtic fans while Sean loved fishing and Christopher was a staunch supporter of the cause of Palestinian people.

Cllr O Boyle says people in Sligo are shocked and devasted by the double tragedy: