Dublin hotel fire: Major blaze breaks out in top floors of Metro Hotel near airport

Tom Powell

A major fire has broken out in the upper floors of a three-star hotel in Dublin.

Several floors of the complex in Ballymun near Dublin Airport were engulfed in flames on Wednesday night as at least eight fire crews battled to stop the blaze spreading.

The Dublin Fire Brigade said there were no immediate reports of injuries or missing people.

The Metro Hotel building compromises hotel rooms on the lower floors and residential apartments on the upper floors.

The Dublin Fire Brigade said there were no reports of injuries (PA)

Witness Anthony Flynn said: "It looks like everybody is out of the hotel."

Mr Flynn, a co-founder of the Inner City Helping Homeless organisation, said pieces of debris could be seen flying from the blazing building in scenes similar to the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London.

Firefighters were tackling the blazer at the Metro Hotel near Dublin Airport on Wednesday evening (PA)

He added: "We are looking at the top seven floors that appear to be alight. It seems to be spreading like mad. It's exactly what it looked like at Grenfell. It appears to have started on the top two floors but has spread downwards and upwards."

As well as the large Dublin Fire Brigade presence, gardai and ambulance crews were also on site.

People watch the flames from the foot of the Metro Hotel (PA)

Erica Fleming, whose apartment overlooks the hotel said she could see and hear windows exploding as a result of the heat.

"One of the apartments is completely engulfed. There is smoke belllowing up through the floors."

Ireland's Housing minister Eoghan Murphy tweeted: "I want to thank @DubFireBrigade who continue to battle a major fire at the Metro Hotel in Ballymun under difficult conditions. We are monitoring the situation closely."