UPDATED: Emergency services responding to fire onboard LE Niamh in Cork 

UPDATED: Emergency services responding to fire onboard LE Niamh in Cork 

The scene of a fire onboard an Irish naval vessel. Picture: Deirdre O’Shaughnessy

Emergency services are responding to a fire at a naval vessel in Cobh this afternoon. 

Fire crews were alerted to the incident at the LÉ Niamh (P52) docked alongside Cork Dockyard in Rushbrook just before 12.30pm. 

Five units of the fire service are in attendance including four units from Midleton and one unit from Cobh, as well as the Chief Fire Officer. 

A spokesperson for the Defence Forces told the Echo that there are no reports of injury to naval service personnel or Cork Dockyard staff.

"While a full investigation into the cause of the fire will be conducted, it is thought to have started in a stores compartment adjacent to where cutting work was being carried out by engineers," the spokesperson said. 

"The ships Duty Watch responded to the alarm and carried out first aid firefighting to contain the fire and prevent any spread. The scene has now been handed over to Cobh Local Area Fire Brigade,' they added. 

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