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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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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.

The shell of the Eastbourne Pier is seen the day after the blaze. Credit: ITV News/Richard Pallot
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.

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