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Fire crews investigate causes of blaze that gutted part of Eastbourne Pier

Up to 20 firefighters were continuing to damp down and reach remaining hotspots on fire-ravaged Eastbourne Pier. Fire chiefs expect to further scale down their efforts on the 144-year-old, Grade II-listed Victorian structure in the next few hours.

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Learning the lessons of Pier fires: Do we have the money to rebuild them?

Our seaside piers are a popular tourist attraction - structures of historical significance - of a Victorian era. But, after being badly damaged by fire, is there the money to rebuild them? Before Eastbourne, in 2010, Hastings Pier succumbed to flames. We look back at the history of piers - and whether lessons can be learnt. With our report, Sarah Saunders.

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