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Dramatic Pictures: Firefighters Battle Blaze On Eastbourne Pier

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

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

It seems to be getting worse and spreading - fire tears down #Eastbourne pier @bbcsoutheast @BBCSussex

Claire Cottingham@Cla_Cottingham

It seems to be getting worse and spreading - fire tears down #Eastbourne pier @bbcsoutheast @BBCSussex

4:38 PM - 30 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

No saving it now. Heartbreaking for Eastbourne.

pauljwpb@pauljwpb

No saving it now. Heartbreaking for Eastbourne.

4:28 PM - 30 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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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

Oh no! Eastbourne pier on fire! #eastbourne

3:49 PM - 30 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

pauljwpb@pauljwpb

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

4:32 PM - 30 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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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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

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

4:17 PM - 30 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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@SkyNewsBreak it doesn't look very small #eastbournepier

James Chapman (Mail)@jameschappers

@SkyNewsBreak it doesn't look very small #eastbournepier

4:17 PM - 30 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Lifeboat on hand at Eastbourne pier fire. #eastbourne

Ant Miller@meeware

Lifeboat on hand at Eastbourne pier fire. #eastbourne

4:11 PM - 30 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Claire Cottingham@Cla_Cottingham

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

4:35 PM - 30 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Heartbreaking to see this smoke & flames billowing out from my home town pier #eastbourne. View from the office.

Lizzie Stringer@norahbetty

Heartbreaking to see this smoke & flames billowing out from my home town pier #eastbourne. View from the office.

4:29 PM - 30 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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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

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

4:12 PM - 30 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Not looking good. Eastbourne pier on fire :(

raul penaranda@rapella

Not looking good.
Eastbourne pier on fire :(

5:03 PM - 30 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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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