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Firefighters battle blaze at derelict seaside hotel 06.08.13

FIRE crews battled for seven hours last night to get a blaze at a derelict seaside hotel under control.
The fire broke out at the former Fort Hotel, Greencastle, shortly before 10pm on Bank Holiday Monday night.
Two units of the fire brigade from Moville and Carndonagh attended the scene assisted later in the night by a hydraulic platform from Letterkenny. The fire was eventually brought under control shortly after 5am.
Fire crews battle a blaze at the former Fort Hotel, Greencastle, in the early hours of this morning.
The hotel and restaurant has lain vacant and in disrepair for many years. However, it lies adjacent to a large number of holiday apartments and residential homes.
Donegal acting chief fire officer, Joseph McTaggart, today confirmed there were no injuries and no reports that any homes had been under immediate threat.
A garda forensic team is at the scene today and an investigation into the blaze is expected to get underway.
"On the arrival of the brigade, a section of the ground floor and a section of the first floor were on fire and the fire was also through the roof of the building," said Mr McTaggart.
"The fire presented a considerable challenge for our crews and the building has been extensively damaged but thankfully there have been no reports of injury, he added.
Local Labour councillor Martin Farren praised the quick response of local fire-fighters and garda officers to the incident.
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