Crews tackling huge fire at Cork naval base
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Crews tackling huge fire at Cork naval base

THE HAULBOWLINE Naval Base in Cork has been evacuated following a large fire.

The blaze is thought to have started shortly before 9pm in a disused warehouse surrounded by some of the core office buildings of the Naval Service.

Naval Service fire fighting units arrived at the scene within minutes to tackle the blaze, and have since been joined by two units from the Cork Fire Brigade.

Haulbowline is Ireland's main navy base and serves as both the accommodation, operations, berthing and refitting complex for the Irish fleet

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It is also the site of a major fuel bunker complex for patrol ship operations.