A man has died following a house fire in Dublin in the early hours of this morning.

Four other men were rescued from the blaze by gardaí.

A garda patrol spotted the fire at the house on St Joseph's Avenue in Drumcondra at around 4.30am.

They managed to get into the house and brought four men from the house to safety.

However, they were unable to reach the fifth man, aged in his 20s, who was in an upstairs bedroom.

The fire service got the blaze under control and the scene has been preserved for technical examination.

Gardaí say they are now trying to establish the exact cause of the fire.