A popular pub and restaurant near Blarney in Cork city has been badly damaged by fire.
The alarm was raised at around 4.40am today when smoke was spotted pouring from the top floor of the Waterloo Inn just north of the village of Blarney.
Four units of the Cork City Fire Brigade rushed to the scene.
Fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus fought the blaze and brought it under control quickly.
However the blaze has caused extensive damage to the building, particular to the upper floor areas.
The scene will undergo a detailed forensic examination by garda forensic experts this morning to determine the cause of the blaze.
But the early indications from a preliminary inspection suggest that the fire started accidentally in an area on the ground floor and spread to the first floor.
In a post on Facebook, the owners said the venue will remain closed until further notice and that they will be in contact with people who have bookings over the course of today.