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Former Cork hospital St Kevin's destroyed by fire

Fire at the former St Kevin's Hospital in Shanakiel Image copyright RTÉ
Image caption The blaze at the former hospital site was brought under control after eight hours

Six fire crews have tackled a fire which destroyed a derelict landmark building in Cork city.

The fire at the former St Kevin's Hospital in Shanakiel has been brought under control.

It is understood a fisherman on the River Lee raised the alarm at about 20:00 local time on Tuesday.

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Image caption An investigation has started into the cause of the fire

An investigation has started into the cause of the blaze. RTÉ reports that the five-storey Victorian building was built in 1895 to house 490 patients.

It has been the scene of a number of incidents of vandalism since it became derelict.

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