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Bird's nest 'led to man's death'
Chimney pot
A bird's nest which partially blocked a chimney led to a man dying of carbon monoxide poisoning from a coal fire, an inquest has heard.

Christopher Joseph Hegarty, 19, a trainee mechanic died after falling asleep in the living room of his home in Castlederg on 2 April, 2004.

The Coroner's Court in Limavady heard Mr Hegarty's father found him dead.

He became worried when he could not contact his son and let himself into his house with a spare key.

Mr Hegarty lit a fire in his living room and fell asleep, the inquest heard.

A witness from the Coal Advisory Board said he had not seen a similar fatality caused by an open fire in 30 years.

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