Community mourns as 25-year old man dies in home blaze

The rural community of Touraneena is this week mourning the tragic death of a 25 year-old man in a fire that broke out at the family home in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The rural community of Touraneena is this week mourning the tragic death of a 25 year-old man in a fire that broke out at the family home in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Robert (Robbie/Bob) Power from Ballinamult, Touraneena was laid to rest yesterday (Tuesday) morning following the funeral Mass at the home of his sister Mary.

The tragic death of the popular young man has shocked and deeply saddened the close knit community and his funeral was one of the biggest witnessed in the area for many years.

Gardai in Ballymacarbry and the Co. Waterford Fire Service are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fire at his home.

It’s understood that the fire broke out some time after Robert returned home after completing his shift at the Pinewood Laboratories plant in Ballymacarbry village.

Robert was discovered by his father whom he lived with around 4.20am. Robert was pronounced dead by the emergency services when they arrived at the scene.

His body was removed to Waterford Regional Hospital, where a post mortem took place on Saturday.

The scene of the fire was sealed off for a technical examination. A spokesman for Dungarvan Garda Station said they were not commenting on the cause of the blaze as it was still under investigation.

Robert’s body lay in repose at his sister Mary’s residence in Touraneena on Sunday. Touraneena Church is closed at the moment due to renovations so the Rosary and funeral prayers on Sunday night and Funeral Mass on Tuesday morning also took place at his sister’s home.

Following the Mass, Robert’s remains was taken to the graveyard attached to St Mary’s Church in Touraneena where he was laid to rest beside his late mother Ann (nee O’Sullivan).

He is survived by his father Tony, brothers Johnny, Dick, Niall and Kieran, sisters Mary, Michelle, Valerie and Jenny, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, uncles,, aunts, nephews, niece other relatives, neighbours and many friends. Nephews, Nieces, uncles and a huge amount of other family members and friends at home and abroad.