Dublin: Man dies after explosion in city centre hostel

A man has died after an explosion in Dublin city centre.

The blast happened in a hostel and was confined to one room.

Irish police said a man was fatally injured and there were no other injuries reported.

Officers and Dublin Fire Brigade were called to Little Britain Street following reports of a blast inside a Depaul homeless hostel after 3.30pm on Thursday.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation as police examine the site.

It is understood officers did not suspect foul play in their initial assessment of the scene.

Residents have been evacuated from the premises and a cordon was in place.

Depaul said it was working with the Dublin Regional Homelessness Executive (DRHE) and was looking for alternative places for the residents.

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In a statement, the company said: "Depaul can confirm that there was an incident this afternoon in our Little Britain Street service.

"It was a localised incident confined to one room. All service users will be evacuated from the building tonight and alternative placements will be found.

"Depaul are working with the DRHE and our NGO partners to ensure no person will be left without accommodation this evening."