UPDATE 13:50: 

Two men have been arrested in connection with a major fire in Kilkenny city today.

At around 9:30am this morning Emergency Services were called to a fire at a derelict building on St Johns Road.

Gardaí evacuated people from the building uninjured.

The Fire Services remain at the scene keeping the fire under control, while a number of road closures are in place.

Investigations are ongoing.

EARLIER: Emergency services in Kilkenny are dealing with a ‘major’ fire in the city this morning.

The building is believed to be a part of the former restaurant of River Court Hotely.

Gadaí have confirmed that four units of fire service and Gardaí are in attendance.

Smoke is said to bellowing heavily and John street, John’s Quay and John’s Bridge are all currently closed.

There are reports of massive delays in the area; traffic restrictions and diversions are in place.

The area will be closed for a number of hours.

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