A fire at an agricultural equipment facility in Ballinrobe, Mayo has been brought under control.

Eight units of the fire service from across Mayo and parts of Galway tackled the blaze at the McHale plant on the outskirts of Ballinrobe tonight.

It is understood the fire may have started in a paint room at the factory.

Emergency services were called to the scene shortly before 6pm. Their job was complicated by a number of small explosions throughout the evening.

Emergency services were assisted by a number of farmers from across south Mayo, who travelled to the scene with tankers of water.

Fire service personnel have said they are confident the blaze was contained and that it had stopped spreading through extensive premises, located on the Castlebar road out of Ballinrobe.

The McHale company employs around 270 people in the town and exports farm machinery to more than 40 countries around the world.

Management have not been able to ascertain the extent of the damage so far, but say they will assess the situation as soon as it is safe to do so, and begin the repair effort.

The building was evacuated as soon as the fire broke out. There are no reports of any injuries as a result of the blaze.