A 79-year-old man from Co Mayo has died in what gardaí have described as a 'tragic accident' in his home.

The man, who had been living alone in a farmhouse at Gortnagard, near Kilmaine, sustained fatal burn injuries.

His body was discovered in the kitchen of the house last night by a family member.

It was taken to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar where a post mortem examination was carried out this afternoon.

Gardaí say they are not treating his death as suspicious.