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Emergency services dealing with a large blaze in Dublin

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Emergency services are tackling a large fire at premises on Richmond Road in Dublin. A number of units of Dublin Fire Brigade are currently at the scene, trying to contain the blaze.

A command unit, five pumps and two aerials were dispatched to the area with residents being warned to close their windows as a safety measure. It is believed the building could be an abandoned warehouse.

This follows a seperate incident last night, a number of units from the coast guard were deployed after a hoax emergency flare was set off. A red parachute marine distress flare was fired in the Howth area of Dublin at around midnight. This also caused several 999 calls and a report from a ship at sea.

The coast guard have issued a reminder to people that it is against the law to fire distress flares, unless it is an emergency.