Fire brigade battle blaze at popular Cork pub and restaurant
Multiple units of Cork Fire Brigade are battling a blaze at a popular pub and restaurant in Mallow.
A fire was detected at The Roundabout Inn at Annabella, just off the N20 Cork-Limerick road, shortly before 6pm.
The fire is understood to have spread to the roof of the popular pub, guesthouse and restaurant which is located less than 100 metres from Mallow railway station.
The facility is very popular with those attending nearby Cork Racecourse in Mallow.
A plume of smoke coming from the facility was visible across the north Cork town.
Mallow fire brigade units were at the scene within minutes with units of Cork fire brigade on standby to assist if required.
To facilitate the work of the emergency services, Gardai closed the northbound lane of the N20.
Motorists were asked to avoid the area if possible due to heavy traffic congestion.
Traffic is also being slowed because of thick smoke being blown across the roadway which has reduced visibility.
The stretch of road is always busy because it represents the junction of the Cork-Limerick and Killarney-Waterford roads.
No injuries were reported from the fire which is being treated as accidental.