A Killarney hotel was evacuated early this morning after a fire broke out in the premises.

The Eviston House Hotel at New Street was evacuated shortly after 6am when the fire broke out, with the fire service and staff assisting guests to safety.

The fire at the hotel in the centre of the Co Kerry town has since been brought under control and fire personnel are monitoring the situation in New Street.

The hotel has been severely damaged, but nearby buildings were saved.

Fire units from Killarney, Killorglin, Castleisland and Tralee were brought to tackle the blaze.

Fire personnel say they are not sure where the fire started.

It is understood around 200 guests were staying in the hotel at the time.