Blackpool Central Pier fire

Some 50 firefighters have been tackling a blaze on Blackpool’s Central Pier.

BBC writes:

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said crews arrived just after 03:00 BST to find the ride and engineering shed well alight.

Incident commander Mark Winder said it was soon brought under control thanks to “some fantastic early intervention” by crews.

“Fortunately we had some of the conditions in our favour so we did not have a particularly strong wind and the tide was out, so we were able to tackle the fire below from the beach as well,” he said.

An investigation into the cause of the fire has begun, he added.

The Promenade around the pier was closed for a time, but has since reopened….

Blackpool’s piers

  • The Grade II listed North Pier opened in 1863 and is the oldest remaining example of a pier designed by celebrated seaside architect Eugenius Birch. It suffered substantial storm damage in 2013
  • Central Pier followed in 1868. A 33m-high (108ft) Ferris wheel known as the Big Wheel was installed in 1990
  • South Pier, originally called Victoria Pier, is the youngest of the three structures, opening in 1893#

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