Fire at former Cork Hospital

File photo: Fire
Gardai are investigating a the former psychiatric former Our Lady’s Hospital on Lee Road, Shanakiel, Cork City.

The blaze caused extensive damage to an unoccupied wing of the landmark 18th-century building.

Gardai at Gurranebraher station are handling the investigation.

Five units of the Cork city fire service raced to the scene on Wednesday night having received a call at 10.20pm.

A three-storey section of the building was destroyed in the inferno, as the roof collapsed.

The empty building has been the scene of anti-social behaviour including drinking in recent years.

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