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Blaze: Firefighters seen tackling the fire in a derelict building in Arklow. Photo: Garry O'Neill

Blaze: Firefighters seen tackling the fire in a derelict building in Arklow. Photo: Garry O'Neill

Blaze: Firefighters seen tackling the fire in a derelict building in Arklow. Photo: Garry O'Neill

The main street of Arklow, in Co Wicklow, was closed off until late last night after a fire broke out in a derelict building and blazed throughout the day.

Firefighters from the Wicklow station had to join forces with those from Arklow already fighting the blaze, which filled the town with a thick plume of smoke.

There had been a number of fires in the building in recent years, but none to the scale of yesterday's blaze.

In an effort to preserve the adjoining buildings, which are occupied, the roof of the derelict building was smashed so the flames could be accessed.

There had been talk locally about demolishing the building for safety reasons, something that will likely be revisited.

Irish Independent