Alternative Covid-19 vaccination arrangements are being made for people in north east Galway, after a fire caused extensive damage to a GP surgery in Ballygar. 

The blaze at Dr Martin Daly's practice has been put out and no injuries have been reported. 

It is thought the fire broke out in a kitchen area of the Health Service Executive-owned building early this morning. 

The scheduled vaccination of patients over 85 years of age will progress at the weekend, after a suitable alternative location was identified in the village.

Dr Daly said no vaccines were in the premises prior to the fire. The doses for 104 patients are due to be delivered later this week and it's planned that they will be administered at a former nursing home, sited near the surgery, on Saturday.

Dr Daly said smoke was seen coming from the building just before 7.30am today. He said the fire caused extensive damage to the front of the property, where the reception and waiting areas are situated.

There is extensive smoke damage to the rear of the building where consultations take place. 

Gardaí said the fire is not being treated as suspicious. Initial investigations are centering on the possibility that an electrical fault caused the blaze.