The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed it is providing consular assistance to the families of three Irish people killed in a house fire in the UK.

The blaze broke out at a house on Laburnum Avenue, Hornchurch, Essex shortly after 4am on Monday.

Part of the ground floor of the mid-terraced house was damaged.

Two men and a woman were rescued by firefighters and treated at the scene by emergency personnel.

The woman was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The two injured men were taken to hospital where they died earlier today.

London Fire Commissioner Danny Cotton said the Romford Recorder firefighters "worked extremely hard and did all they could in difficult conditions". 

The Metropolitan Police have said there were no suspicious circumstances.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has extended his sympathy to the families of those who died and said his department is providing assistance to them.