One of the best-known buildings in Cork city - the former Our Lady's Hospital - is engulfed in flames tonight.
The fire continues to burn at the front of the building and is expected to continue for several hours.
Six units of the Cork City Fire Brigade - and over two dozen firefighters - are currently battling the blaze at the derelict Victorian building in Shanakiel.
It is unclear how the fire began, but it is believed to have started in the former St Kevin's unit of the four-storey complex.
It is thought that no residential properties nearby are in any danger.
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There are no reports of any injuries at this time.