Dramatic Pictures: Firefighters Battle Blaze On Eastbourne Pier

Large crowds gathered to watch the pier go up in flames.

1. A huge fire broke out on Eastbourne Pier this afternoon.

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3. The pier was evacuated as crews from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service tried to tackle the blaze.

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10. A statement initially said it was a “small fire” that was believed to have started in the wall panelling in a part of the pier housing arcade games.

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19. It looks as if the two-storey building on the pier has been completed destroyed by the fire.

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21. There are apparently no reports of any injuries as a result of the blaze.

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22. Eastbourne Borough Council said in a statement on Twitter: “Our first concern is for the safety of all those who work on the pier and those who were visiting the pier today.”

Carolyn Heaps, Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure, added: “It is tragic to see this much loved Victorian landmark on fire.”

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