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Woman, 26, charged over suspicious house fire in Drogheda

A 26-year-old woman has been charged in connection with a suspicious house fire in the Republic of Ireland that left a woman in her 70s seriously injured.

The pensioner was asleep in the house at Cord Road, Drogheda, County Louth, when the fire started. A man in his 30s entered the house and rescued her.

The emergency services were called to the scene at about 01:00 local time on Saturday and took the pair to hospital.

Three men who were also arrested have been released without charge.

The woman is being detained in the town's police station and is expected to appear before Trim District Court tomorrow morning.

An incident room has been set up in the station to investigate the fire.

The injured pensioner was initially brought to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital by ambulance, but was later transferred to St James' Hospital in Dublin.

Her condition is said to be serious. The man who rescued her was treated for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

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