Athlone pub gutted in early morning fire

Charlies Bar and Bar One Racing on the Dublin Road in Athlone have been seriously damaged in an early morning fire.

Three units of Athlone Fire Brigade have been in attendance at the scene since around 5.30am this morning, fighting a serious fire that has caused significant damage to both premises.

At 10am this morning plumes of smoke were still occasionally rising into the air.

No injuries have been reported and forensic investigators are due on the scene shortly to help ascertain the cause of the blaze which spread throughout the building over the early hours.

Traffic in the area is being directed by Gardai.

Locals say the building was first established in 1969 and part of the premises traded as Brendan's Bar for many years.

Charlies reopened after Covid closure only last week.