Irish tower goes up in flames

Coolymoyne House. Photo credit: Twitter/UlsterWillFight

A high-rise apartment block in Ireland has gone up in flames.

Four people so far have been treated, with one taken to hospital. Fortunately the building - Coolmoyne House in Dunmurry, near Belfast - was evacuated quickly.

"They got everybody out," community worker Julie Ann Jackson told the BBC.

The fire service responded at 6:40am (NZ time). Initial reports suggest it began on the ninth floor.

A spokesperson told local media the blaze was "under control".

The building's residents reportedly started practising fire drills after the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London, in which around 80 people lost their lives.