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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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. 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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