An investigation is under way into a house in Macroom in Co Cork this morning that claimed the lives of two men.

The pair have been named locally as Kenny Relihan, who was in his 20s and from St Colman's Park, Macroom; and Noel O'Mahony who was in his 60s and originally from Cackanode, Macroom.

Gardaí and fire services attended the scene of a house fire in St Colman's Park, Macroom at 4am.

The fire was brought under control and the bodies of the men were discovered in the house.

They were pronounced dead at the scene and their bodies were removed to Cork University Hospital where a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

A woman who jumped from an upstairs window during the incident was brought to CUH, where her injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

A man who lived across the road and had tried to get into the burning house was also brought to hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries.

One of the victims, Mr Relihan, was the son of the woman who escaped from the house through an upstairs window.

The scene has been sealed off for a technical examination.

Early indications are that the fire started accidentally.

Any witnesses are asked to contact Macroom Garda Station on 026-20590.