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inferno Firefighters tackle blaze at the rear of the Vicar Street music venue

VIDEO footage and pictures of what appears to be a major ongoing fire at the rear of the Vicar Street music venue in recent hours have just emerged.

Several units of Dublin fire brigade are tackling the blaze and streets around the south Dublin building are cordoned off.

Dublin fire brigade have tweeted: “Thomas street is blocked as we deal with a fire on the roof of a building.

“Firefighters from HQ, Dolphins barn and Donnybrook are fighting the fire.”

A Garda spokesperson said: “Gardai and emergency services are currently at the scene of a fire at a venue on Thomas street, Dublin 2. Road closures are in place with local diversions.”

Vicar street first opened as a music venue in 1998 and has capacity for just over 1000 seated or 1500 standing.

The longest-running show to take place in Vicar Street was Tommy’s Tiernan’s Loose show with a string of 166 performances.

The venue, which has regularly won best live venue in Ireland, is owned by Harry Crosbie and run by Peter Aiken.

Among acts who’ve played there down through the years are Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Ed Sheeran and Christy Moore.

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