Two men have been seriously injured after sustaining burn injuries at a house in Co Clare this evening.

The two casualties were airlifted to Cork University Hospital by the Air Corps Rescue Helicopter 112 and the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 115.

According to sources, the older man sustained extensive burn injuries to his body after coming into contact with a fire at the house in Meelick, Co Clare, situated near the Limerick border.

It is believed the younger man sustained burn injuries whilst trying to assist the older man.

Munster Fire Control received a 999 call of a report of a "house fire" at Meelick at 5.44pm.

Four units of the Limerick City and County Fire Service attended the scene, along with gardaí and paramedics from Limerick city.

Investigations are continuing into the circumstances of the incident.