An investigation is under way into a fire at an unoccupied house on the outskirts of Galway city.

Emergency services attended the scene in the Carnmore area near the old Galway Airport site shortly before 5am.

The property in Kiltulla attracted controversy earlier this year when it was purchased by the city council outside its local authority boundary to accommodate a Traveller family.

Galway City Council said it will not be commenting on the incident while a garda investigation is under way.