Gardaí are investigating the cause of a fire at the former Shannon Key West hotel in Rooskey which had been due to open as an accommodation centre for asylum seekers.
Dozens of local people gathered close to the scene on Thursday night as word spread that fire crews were fighting the blaze.
The alarm was raised at about 7.45pm. Gardaí from Carrick-on-Shannon Garda station and a number of fire tenders went to the scene, and sealed off the area around the hotel. There were no reports of injuries, and witnesses said there was little obvious damage apart from smoke damage to the outside of the building. However, there were reports that the reception and the bar area were badly damaged.
The 39-room hotel near the border between Cos Leitrim and Roscommon, is the subject of proceedings between Paradub Ltd, which wants to develop it as tourist hotel, and businessman James Kiernan, the owner of the property.