Substantial damage has been caused to a well known popular pub in Killaloe following the outbreak of a fire on Monday afternoon.
There are no reports of anyone who is missing or major injuries following the blaze in Walsh’s Bar, which is located just a stone’s throw from St Flannan’s Catholic Church at Main Street, Killaloe,
Members of the Clare Fire and Rescue Service are still on the scene of the fire with units from Killaloe and Scariff who are being assisted by the gardaí and the National Ambulance Service.
An aerial piece of equipment has been obtained from Nenagh Fire Station to facilitate access to the roof of the building.
The Main Street in Killaloe has been closed off to vehicular traffic while emergency services continue to remain at the scene.
It is understood the alarm was raised at about 12.50pm. While it has not been definitely determined the exact cause of the fire, one theory that will be examined is the possibility it may have started in the bar area before it quickly spread to other parts of the premises.
It is expected that firefighters will continue to work and keep a presence for a number of hours to ensure it doesn’t reignite.