Around 150 guests were evacuated from a Dublin hotel after a fire broke out around 8pm tonight.
Dublin Fire Brigade are currently dealing with the serious fire at the Metro Hotel in Ballymun area of the city.
Gardaí are also at the scene and traffic diversions are in place around the area.
Dublin Fire Brigade tweeted: “Eight fire engines, turntable ladder and command units are dealing with a fire in a premises in #Ballymun . Road closures at Santry Cross as we deal with the fire.”
Around 150 guests were staying in the hotel at the time, and all have been accounted for, along with all those living in the hotel.
The hotel guests have been relocated to the nearby Carlton Hotel, according to reports.
“It is the case that everyone is safe,” said local Fine Gael TD Noel Rock. “Some families were affected from the apartments above the hotel, but everyone is safe.”
The fire has spread across at least five floors at the top of the complex, with the ninth and twelfth floors visibly the worst affected.
The hotel was used as temporary, homeless accommodation in recent years, but there are no families living there currently.
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— Cllr Noeleen Reilly (@NoeleenReilly) March 21, 2018
#Ballymun UPDATE: 8 fire engines, 2 aerial appliances, emergency tender, foam tender, command units and senior officers at scene. Firefighters using breathing apparatus inside hotel to search & extinguish #BallymunFire #Dublin #fire pic.twitter.com/dh8xnFgMRj
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