Eastbourne Pier fire now treated as suspicious, police say

The fire which damaged parts of 144-year-old Eastbourne Pier on Wednesday is now being treated as suspicious, Sussex Police said.

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.

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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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