Police in Ireland have appealed for witnesses after the bodies of “a child and adult” were discovered in a burnt out car. 

The car is believed to have hit a steel barrier and a boundary wall of a house before it burst into flames, the Irish Mirror reported .

It was still on fire when it was discovered at half-way between a grass verge and a residential cul de sac near Quinspool, Parteen, County Clare.

Two men were found next to the victims, including one man who suffered severe burns and a head injury.

There was a large hole in a section of a stone wall of a house near where the car was found, and there was debris scattered around the scene.

Emergency services were alerted shortly after midnight, and first responders came upon the grizzly scene soon after.

Sources said they understood the two deceased victims are male, however, gardai said they were still working to confirm their identities.

Two men, aged in their 20s, believed to have been traveling in the same car, were discovered outside of the vehicle.

It was unclear if both men had had been ejected from the vehicle on impact or whether they had managed to exit the burning car themselves.

A source said one of the men was discovered on the ground “in agony” having sustained “burns” and a “serous head injury”.

The second man, who the source said also sustained a serious head injury, is thought to have made his way to a nearby house to raise the alarm.

The car containing the charred remains of the victims remained at the scene Thursday, and was covered over with a tarpaulin blue sheet. The vehicle was completely destroyed by the fire.

Gardai said they they did not believe any other vehicle was involved, however a senior garda source said they were awaiting the results of a detailed forensic examination of the scene to give them “more definite answers” as to what led to the car leaving the road and going on fire.

“The forensic officers will examine the entire scene and analyze any strike marks to try to figure out the sequence of events that led to the collision. It appears to be a single vehicle crash but the forensic report should give us more definitive answers,” they added.

The source confirmed the bodies of “an adult and child” were found in the burnt out car.

“A family liaison officer has been appointed and an incident room has been set up at Mayorstone Garda Station (061-456980). It appears the car struck a steel barrier and a wall.”

Another source described the scene as “horrific”.

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