Eastbourne Pier fire: Huge blaze rips through pier at Eastbourne, East Sussex

Eastbourne Pier has been evacuated after a fire broke out this afternoon.

Up to 60 firefighters, as well as police, coastguard and a lifeboat crew, rushed to the scene after the blaze broke out in the arcade building.

According to East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, the fire is believed to have started at about 3.15pm behind some wood panelling, and has engulfed a two-storey building on the pier around 50 metres from the shoreline.

Sian Ellis, a hotel manager in the town, told the BBC the pier was an ‘absolute red, molten, mess of flame and smoke’, adding:

Huge blaze rips through Eastbourne pier
‘Very frightening and hugely saddening’ (Picture: Twitter)

‘It’s hugely saddening for the whole of the town.’

Witnesses say the fire has ripped through the amusement arcade and has jumped on to the small shops further along the pier.

Councillor Philip Ede, from Eastbourne Borough Council, said:

More than 60 firefighters rushed to the scene to fight the blaze (Picture: @pennyrsawyer/Twitter)
More than 60 firefighters rushed to the scene to fight the blaze (Picture: @pennyrsawyer/Twitter)

‘It looks pretty drastic from where I’m standing.

‘We pray the fire brigade can save as much of the building as possible.’

Twitter users expressed their sadness at the news.

The iconic pier was built in 1870, and has a number of cafes and bars as well as a nightclub.

The fire follows others similar instances at Hastings Pier, was almost entirely destroyed by a fire in 2010, and at West Pier in Brighton, which was burned down in 2003.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Gardner/REX (1331460d)  Eastbourne Pier, Eastbourne, Sussex, England, Britain  Eastbourne, Sussex, Britain - 21 May 2011
The pier had a number of cafes and bars (Picture: REX)

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30 July 2014 | 4:11 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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