A 50-year-old woman has died in a house fire in Hacketstown in Co Carlow.

The woman's 20-year-old son found the house on fire when he returned home at 4.30am.

He managed to get his mother out of the house, but she was later pronounced dead.

Gardaí have said that it appears the fire started accidentally.

The woman's body has been taken to Waterford Regional Hospital for a post mortem examination.

The scene has preserved for a technical examination.