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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4. Around 60 firefighters were sent to the scene on Wednesday, with Sussex Police and the Coastguard also in attendance.

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8. The fire service said crews had been alerted to the blaze at just after 3pm.

Oh no! Eastbourne pier on fire! #eastbourne

— Ant Miller (@meeware)

Fire crews up against it with the sea breeze. All they can do is contain the fire.

— pauljwpb (@pauljwpb)

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.

12. However images from the scene showed a massive blaze at the pier.

...it's really going for it now... #Eastbourne #pier #fire

— Lee Markham (@LewisBoom)

@SkyNewsBreak it doesn't look very small #eastbournepier

— James Chapman (Mail) (@jameschappers)

Lifeboat on hand at Eastbourne pier fire. #eastbourne

— Ant Miller (@meeware)

Unbelievable scenes in #Eastbourne as a fire burns part of the pier @rdsmithTW

— Claire Cottingham (@Cla_Cottingham)
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Heartbreaking to see this smoke & flames billowing out from my home town pier #eastbourne. View from the office.

— Lizzie Stringer (@norahbetty)

18. The fire service said: “Due to the nature of the building involved, a number of crews have been sent to the scene, including those from Eastbourne, Uckfield, Pevensey and Hailsham.”

#Eastbourne pier has caught fire, I don't have any more information, but the fire brigade is out in force

— Alastair Millen (@AlastairMillen)

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

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Not looking good. Eastbourne pier on fire :(

— raul penaranda (@rapella)

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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