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Fire-hit Eastbourne Pier 'could reopen next year'

Fire-hit Eastbourne Pier could be reopened next year, the local MP has claimed.

A huge blaze ripped through the pier yesterday leaving the 144-year-old structure severely damaged.

The public view the the fire-ravaged Eastbourne Pier after a blaze swept through the dome shaped amusement arcade yesterday.
The public view the the fire-ravaged Eastbourne Pier after a blaze swept through the dome shaped amusement arcade yesterday. Credit: PA Wire

But Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd said two-thirds of the pier survived the fire and the structure appeared "pretty sound".

"There is real damage but I'm confident that it can be repaired," the Liberal Democrat MP said after talks with East Sussex's chief fire officer.

"It's still very much still standing, and I'm very hopeful and confident that it will be reopening next year and be back in business."

Read: In pictures - Eastbourne Pier is engulfed by flames

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Fishing rods and uneaten chips remain at pier after blaze

By Richard Pallot: ITV News Correspondent

The evacuation of Eastbourne Pier was so swift yesterday that apparently there are still many fishing rods, uneaten chips and lunches at the end of the pier where holidaymakers left them.

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The shell of the Eastbourne Pier is seen the day after the blaze. Credit: ITV News/Richard Pallot
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Fire crews are continuing to put out remaining hotspots at the pier. Credit: ITV News/Richard Pallot

Fire crews are still concerned that occasional hotspots at the Eastbourne pier could reignite and so they are continuing to monitor and dampen down.

Experts say it is too unsafe to gain access to the pier at moment and it may be some time before they can assess the solidity of the structure.

Read: Hotelier describes horror at seeing landmark in flames

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Experts to investigate cause of Eastbourne Pier fire

Fire investigators will return to Eastbourne Pier today after a devastating blaze ripped through the historic landmark.

Firemen continue to tackle the final flames of a fire at Eastbourne Pier on Wednesday evening.
Firemen continue to tackle the final flames of a fire at Eastbourne Pier on Wednesday evening. Credit: PA

The huge fire destroyed part of the 144-year-old Grade II-listed structure and sent plumes of black smoke into the sky on Wednesday afternoon.

Up to 80 firefighters tackled the blaze from the coast, the beach and from underneath the Victorian structure, which is privately-owned by Cuerden Leisure.

Embers could still be seen burning some five hours after the fire started.

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