Fire brigade tackle large blaze at former Revenue Commissioner's office in Cork
MULTIPLE units of Cork Fire Brigade are battling a blaze at the former Revenue Commissioner offices in Cork city centre.
The alarm was raised shortly before 12 noon when pedestrians noticed smoke billowing from the upper floor of the premises on Sullivan's Quay, less than 100 metres from the city centre and busy shopping streets.
The blaze apparently spread quickly and, when fire brigade units arrived, it was burning across the top of the seven storey building.
A smoke plume from the fire was visible across Cork city centre.
A total of six units are now battling the blaze.
Gardaí attended the scene and immediately directed traffic away from the quays by the burning building.
Traffic Corps officers have urged motorists to avoid the Sullivan's Quay and George's Quay area of Cork city centre while emergency services are attending to the incident.
It is understood the fire is the second in a matter of days reported at the empty office complex.
Cork fire brigade confirmed they are conducting a full search of the building.
However, there have been no reports of any injuries.
The building is understood to be totally unoccupied for some time.
The Revenue Commissioners vacated the building a number of years ago and relocated to new purpose-built offices in Blackpool.