Fire rips through Eastbourne Pier destroying roof
The main roof of the pier, built in the East Sussex seaside town in the 1870s, has been completely destroyed, leaving only a metal skeleton.
The pier was evacuated. No-one was injured in the fire and police said it was not thought to be suspicious.
The fire service said late on Wednesday the incident was being scaled down and 30 firefighters were expected to stay at the scene overnight.
Eastbourne Borough Council leader David Tutt said he was hopeful the pier could be repaired and understood the fire had been started by an electrical fault.
"The emergency services have done a fantastic job," he said.
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