VIDEO FOOTAGE OF a huge blaze which gutted a landmark Donegal hotel last night has emerged.
The former Lough Swilly Hotel in Buncrana, which was around 150 years old, had closed in the 1970s, and had been used as a music venue and a warehouse since then, according to Highland Radio.
Local company Flanagans took the building over several years ago but a liquidator was appointed in December 2011. Brian Flanagan told Highland Radio that there had been some issues with vandalism at the site, leading to increased security.
In 2010 An Bord Pleanála had given the go ahead for the hotel to be knocked down to make way for a new development, but the work never went ahead.
Gardaí are launching an investigation into the cause of the blaze, which has now been extinguished. Roads in the area have reopened and Visit Inishowen has tweeted that the local ferry service is back in operation
Video uploaded by Adam Rory Porter