Three family members have died in a house fire in Co Leitrim overnight.

The bodies of a couple Desmond McDonald, 75, his wife Patsy, 77,  and their daughter Patricia, 34, were removed from the scene at Lisnabrack.

It is understood that someone driving past the house saw the fire and called the emergency services at 2.20am.

They found the family, who were well known in the area, in a search of the two-storey house.

The couple had spent many years in America and came back to Leitrim to retire.

It is understood the fire may have started in the kitchen and that the family were asleep at the time.

Gardaí have been carrying out a forensic examination at the scene all day but they do not believe there is anything suspicious about the tragedy which has shocked local people.

The bodies have been taken to Sligo General Hospital where post mortem examinations will be carried out.