A major fire has broken out at the Churchfield industrial estate in Cork city.

Emergency services are at the scene, with fire crews from Anglesea Street and Ballyvolane attending.

A water tanker is also being used to try and quell the blaze.

Cork City Fire Brigade has urged people to avoid the area and warned those near the facility to keep their windows and doors closed.

It told RTÉ News that the fire is continuing to rage and it expects to be battling it "for some time". 

In a post on Twitter, Cork City Fire Brigade said: "Crews are still battling a major fire in the Churchfield, John F Connolly Road area.

"Firefighters are using foam through branches and our foam cannon trailer in an attempt to extinguish the fire. Please avoid the area as crews make the scene safe."

Heavy smoke arising from the fire can be seen across the city this evening, and is affecting visibility.

The fire has also led to traffic delays in the city, with traffic slow both ways on Mount Agnes Road, with further delays on Upper Fairhill.