A huge fire has broken out at a vacant house in Portlaoise estate

Breaking: Fire in Portlaoise

Michelle Hogan

Reporter:

Michelle Hogan

A huge fire has broken out at a vacant house in Portlaoise estate

Laois Fire and Rescue Service attend the scene of blaze in Esker Hills.

A house at 70 Laurel Drive, Esker Hills, in Portlaoise burst into flames this afternoon and it is understood the fire has not been put out yet.

Units from Portlaoise and Stradbally fire services are currently battling a blaze at a vacant house in Portlaoise.

Huge amounts of smoke can be seen coming from the house.

The house is completely destroyed, it is a big detached house that has been idle and boarded up for a number of years, residents say they were worried about the building and its use because it was the scene of anti-social behaviour.

It is understood residents had made complaints to the local authority about the house.

No injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire is still unknown but it is understood that a number of youths were seen running from the vacant premises before the building went up in flames.

The scene is currently being preserved by the gardaí.

More updates to come.

Photo by Mario Sun.