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Hotelier describes horror at seeing landmark in flames

An Eastbourne hotelier has told ITV News that seeing uncontrollable flames engulf the arcades on the town's historic pier was "atrocious".

Sajaad Shah of the Savoy Court Hotel recorded footage of the fire services attending to the blaze and describes the scene at the seafront.

Police have meanwhile said the fire is not believed to be suspicious at this time.

High winds hamper efforts to tackle Eastbourne Pier

Firefighters have said their efforts to battle a major blaze on Eastbourne Pier is being hampered by high winds.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service said crews are making "reasonable progress" in attacking the fire from the "coastal side of the building, from the beach and from underneath the Pier".

Holidaymakers and locals watch on as fire crews tackle the blaze on Eastbourne Pier.
Holidaymakers and locals watch on as fire crews tackle the blaze on Eastbourne Pier. Credit: Danni Marshall

Fire crews are being assisted by the Coastguard, the RNLI and Sussex Police, while South East Coast Ambulance are also at the site.

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Blaze engulfs arcades building on Eastbourne Pier

The major blaze on Eastbourne Pier has been captured in dramatic aerial footage.

Eastbourne Pier on fire
Fire has engulfed a two-story building on the historic Eastbourne Pier in East Sussex.
Eastbourne Pier on fire
The fire on the 1870s pier is believed to have occurred after wall panelling caught light in an arcades section.
Eastbourne Pier on fire
Thick plumes of smoke are pouring across the seafront.

60 firefighters tackling major fire on Eastbourne Pier

Around 60 firefighters are tackling the major blaze on Eastbourne Pier.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the fire has engulfed a two-storey building on the pier, around 50 metres from the shoreline.

One of Eastbourne's seafront hoteliers tweeted their despair at seeing thick smoke pouring from the 1870s pier:

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