An elderly man died in a house fire in the Cloghans area of Ballina at the weekend.

The victim has been named locally as Tom McGowan. He was the single occupant of the residence that caught fire on Friday evening, last.

The alarm was raised by neighbours who went to check on the man.

The scene was attended by the fire service, an ambulance and members of An Garda Siochana but the man, who is believed to have been in his 80s, did not survive the incident.

His remains were taken to Mayo University Hospital for a postmortem examination.

A technical examination conducted at the scene has concluded that there were no suspicious circumstances to the fire.