LiveEastbourne Pier fire: Read how the story developed

First published in News
Last updated
by

This live event has finished

Summary

  • East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were alerted at 15.13 to the fire
  • At the height of the blaze 80 firefighters are at the scene
  • RNLI crews from Eastbourne, Newhaven and Hastings also aided the fire service
  • The blaze believed to have started in wall panelling
  • Sussex Police say no-one was trapped by the fire when it broke out
  • The fire is not believed to be suspicious at this time
  • At 19:47 the fire service said the fire is now being brought under control
  • At 20:39 fire investigators arrived at the Eastbourne landmark

Comments (25)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

4:32pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

It was never much cop, anyway.

Good riddance!
It was never much cop, anyway. Good riddance! Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: -67

4:41pm Wed 30 Jul 14

rogerthefish says...

Never let dogs on so I did not spend my money...shame, I wonder if a little speed boat was seen dashing away!
Never let dogs on so I did not spend my money...shame, I wonder if a little speed boat was seen dashing away! rogerthefish
  • Score: -24

4:41pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Mr Popkins Doughnuts says...

Hopefully the fire brigade will pit up a NOblE effort to put the fire out.
Hopefully the fire brigade will pit up a NOblE effort to put the fire out. Mr Popkins Doughnuts
  • Score: 7

4:43pm Wed 30 Jul 14

sussexram40 says...

Disasterville.
And in the middle of the summer season!
Disasterville. And in the middle of the summer season! sussexram40
  • Score: 8

4:45pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Andy R says...

Another mysterious fire on a Sussex pier. Just sayin'.........
Another mysterious fire on a Sussex pier. Just sayin'......... Andy R
  • Score: 18

5:00pm Wed 30 Jul 14

MikeTheKnight says...

You heard it here first, Eastbourne i360 to be built where the pier once stood.

I hope I'm wrong and they rebuild the pier
You heard it here first, Eastbourne i360 to be built where the pier once stood. I hope I'm wrong and they rebuild the pier MikeTheKnight
  • Score: 10

5:05pm Wed 30 Jul 14

rolivan says...

Eastbourne looks like a contender for an i360 just saying.
Eastbourne looks like a contender for an i360 just saying. rolivan
  • Score: -2

5:12pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Goldenwight says...

Andy R wrote:
Another mysterious fire on a Sussex pier. Just sayin'.........
Ladbrokes are offering 5/4 on Worthing Pier being next to go.
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: Another mysterious fire on a Sussex pier. Just sayin'.........[/p][/quote]Ladbrokes are offering 5/4 on Worthing Pier being next to go. Goldenwight
  • Score: 1

5:12pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Goldenwight says...

Andy R wrote:
Another mysterious fire on a Sussex pier. Just sayin'.........
Ladbrokes are offering 5/4 on Worthing Pier being next to go.
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: Another mysterious fire on a Sussex pier. Just sayin'.........[/p][/quote]Ladbrokes are offering 5/4 on Worthing Pier being next to go. Goldenwight
  • Score: -5

5:16pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Zeta Function says...

How long did it take for the fire service to 'assess' the situation?

It is now 5.20pm. They've allowed the fire to worsen. Pathetic. With that sea water too.
How long did it take for the fire service to 'assess' the situation? It is now 5.20pm. They've allowed the fire to worsen. Pathetic. With that sea water too. Zeta Function
  • Score: -16

5:21pm Wed 30 Jul 14

NathanAdler says...

I used to go on it when I was a nipper. Shame really. At least it looks like nobody was hurt.
I used to go on it when I was a nipper. Shame really. At least it looks like nobody was hurt. NathanAdler
  • Score: 4

5:27pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Brightonlad86 says...

Zeta Function wrote:
How long did it take for the fire service to 'assess' the situation?

It is now 5.20pm. They've allowed the fire to worsen. Pathetic. With that sea water too.
As soon as a fire reaches a certain temperature, it doesn't matter how much water you dump on it, it will evaporate before it takes any effect! And with all that timber there to be burned, I'd imagine it spread pretty quickly!

Nothing annoys me more when people that put their lives on the line to save others are criticised.

It appears nobody has been injured! That for me says the fire brigade and every one concerned have done a fantastic job! Buildings can be replaced! Lives cannot!
[quote][p][bold]Zeta Function[/bold] wrote: How long did it take for the fire service to 'assess' the situation? It is now 5.20pm. They've allowed the fire to worsen. Pathetic. With that sea water too.[/p][/quote]As soon as a fire reaches a certain temperature, it doesn't matter how much water you dump on it, it will evaporate before it takes any effect! And with all that timber there to be burned, I'd imagine it spread pretty quickly! Nothing annoys me more when people that put their lives on the line to save others are criticised. It appears nobody has been injured! That for me says the fire brigade and every one concerned have done a fantastic job! Buildings can be replaced! Lives cannot! Brightonlad86
  • Score: 19

5:28pm Wed 30 Jul 14

ICantThinkOfAName says...

Zeta Function wrote:
How long did it take for the fire service to 'assess' the situation?

It is now 5.20pm. They've allowed the fire to worsen. Pathetic. With that sea water too.
I take it you are dashing there to take command of the siuation.
[quote][p][bold]Zeta Function[/bold] wrote: How long did it take for the fire service to 'assess' the situation? It is now 5.20pm. They've allowed the fire to worsen. Pathetic. With that sea water too.[/p][/quote]I take it you are dashing there to take command of the siuation. ICantThinkOfAName
  • Score: 11

5:49pm Wed 30 Jul 14

sussexram40 says...

That first bit was the main amusement arcade - full of slot machines and penny falls and those machines where you put 50p in and have to control a claw to try and pick up a cuddly toy.
I always found it too noisy in there.
That first bit was the main amusement arcade - full of slot machines and penny falls and those machines where you put 50p in and have to control a claw to try and pick up a cuddly toy. I always found it too noisy in there. sussexram40
  • Score: -2

6:11pm Wed 30 Jul 14

rolivan says...

MikeTheKnight wrote:
You heard it here first, Eastbourne i360 to be built where the pier once stood.

I hope I'm wrong and they rebuild the pier
Sorry Mike must have been writing whilst you were posting.
[quote][p][bold]MikeTheKnight[/bold] wrote: You heard it here first, Eastbourne i360 to be built where the pier once stood. I hope I'm wrong and they rebuild the pier[/p][/quote]Sorry Mike must have been writing whilst you were posting. rolivan
  • Score: 0

6:21pm Wed 30 Jul 14

monkeymoo says...

Zeta Function wrote:
How long did it take for the fire service to 'assess' the situation?

It is now 5.20pm. They've allowed the fire to worsen. Pathetic. With that sea water too.
Please enlighten us as to how YOU would **** the situation?

I take it you have many years of vast experience in dealing with fires!
[quote][p][bold]Zeta Function[/bold] wrote: How long did it take for the fire service to 'assess' the situation? It is now 5.20pm. They've allowed the fire to worsen. Pathetic. With that sea water too.[/p][/quote]Please enlighten us as to how YOU would **** the situation? I take it you have many years of vast experience in dealing with fires! monkeymoo
  • Score: 2

6:45pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Lissy13 says...

Have been to the pier many times with my children, it's just so sad to see it end up like this. Another iconic building gone :(
Have been to the pier many times with my children, it's just so sad to see it end up like this. Another iconic building gone :( Lissy13
  • Score: 2

7:27pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Quiterie says...

Mr Popkins Doughnuts wrote:
Hopefully the fire brigade will pit up a NOblE effort to put the fire out.
Indeed. I hope those noble firemen, receive the noble prize for their noble efforts and that noble ever rings in their fire station again!
[quote][p][bold]Mr Popkins Doughnuts[/bold] wrote: Hopefully the fire brigade will pit up a NOblE effort to put the fire out.[/p][/quote]Indeed. I hope those noble firemen, receive the noble prize for their noble efforts and that noble ever rings in their fire station again! Quiterie
  • Score: 0

7:38pm Wed 30 Jul 14

MarkG81 says...

Its just a building that can be rebuilt, thank god nobody was hurt or killed!!!!!
Its just a building that can be rebuilt, thank god nobody was hurt or killed!!!!! MarkG81
  • Score: 3

7:55pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Jagmanmc says...

Perhaps a sprinkler system would have helped minimise the damage.
With a mostly wooden structure I would have thought this would have been an insurance condition?

Hindsight is a wonderful thing though - lets hope it can be rebuilt to its former glory.
At least there appears to be no casualties.
Perhaps a sprinkler system would have helped minimise the damage. With a mostly wooden structure I would have thought this would have been an insurance condition? Hindsight is a wonderful thing though - lets hope it can be rebuilt to its former glory. At least there appears to be no casualties. Jagmanmc
  • Score: 3

7:58pm Wed 30 Jul 14

snot chops says...

I blame the greens*



*disclaimer for legal reasons, I do not actually blame the greens. I blame the tories
I blame the greens* *disclaimer for legal reasons, I do not actually blame the greens. I blame the tories snot chops
  • Score: -2

8:11pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Hove Actually says...

Just don't let the West Pier Trust anywhere near this otherwise you will end up with the same as we now have.....
A wreck blighting the shoreline and shallow water as well as £36,000,000 of debt with no commercial plan to pay it back other than the local taxpayer as a backstop
Just don't let the West Pier Trust anywhere near this otherwise you will end up with the same as we now have..... A wreck blighting the shoreline and shallow water as well as £36,000,000 of debt with no commercial plan to pay it back other than the local taxpayer as a backstop Hove Actually
  • Score: 3

8:16pm Wed 30 Jul 14

hovebat says...

Same old posters making a dig at a certain company that owns another Sussex Pier....very sad. Don't forget said company turned down the opportunity to buy Eastbourne Pier and would like to sell the Pier they already own. Plus said company have installed a fire supression system in the large arcade and restaurant to prevent this happening on their Pier, (lets hope it never has to be used)

Glad to hear no one was injured and hope the Pier can be restored to it's former glory, (steel work underneath does look like it wasn't damaged to badly). Eastbourne needs it's Pier.
Same old posters making a dig at a certain company that owns another Sussex Pier....very sad. Don't forget said company turned down the opportunity to buy Eastbourne Pier and would like to sell the Pier they already own. Plus said company have installed a fire supression system in the large arcade and restaurant to prevent this happening on their Pier, (lets hope it never has to be used) Glad to hear no one was injured and hope the Pier can be restored to it's former glory, (steel work underneath does look like it wasn't damaged to badly). Eastbourne needs it's Pier. hovebat
  • Score: -1

12:46am Thu 31 Jul 14

pumpkineater23 says...

Youlikemyjugs wrote:
It was never much cop, anyway.

Good riddance!
Trolling Argus threads.. doesn't get much sadder than that. You need to up your game.
[quote][p][bold]Youlikemyjugs[/bold] wrote: It was never much cop, anyway. Good riddance![/p][/quote]Trolling Argus threads.. doesn't get much sadder than that. You need to up your game. pumpkineater23
  • Score: 2

8:50am Thu 31 Jul 14

davyboy61 says...

I see the sad pathetic comments from Youlikemyjugs are about. You really are SAD and need urgent help you fool. Must of been Dropped on you`r head when you were young. If you don`t like these beautiful old piers,then Don`t visit them.
I see the sad pathetic comments from Youlikemyjugs are about. You really are SAD and need urgent help you fool. Must of been Dropped on you`r head when you were young. If you don`t like these beautiful old piers,then Don`t visit them. davyboy61
  • Score: 2

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree