Minard House Longford extensively damaged in overnight fire

A fire has caused extensive damage to Minard House on the N4 between Longford town and Newtownforbes.

The fire is understood to have been reported around half past three this morning in the building which was being used as a furniture warehouse.

Several units of the fire brigade have been attending the scene since the early hours, and smoke from the fire caused some visibility issues on the N4 for motorists.

The building which dates from the 1860’s has had a number of uses over the years including as a nursing home, and as the base for Shannonside FM for some years.