Eastbourne Pier fire: Pictures of East Sussex landmark show devastation

 
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Eastbourne Pier has been engulfed by fire (Source: Getty)

A huge fire has engulfed an arcades building at Eastbourne Pier in East Sussex, and thick plumes of smoke are currently spreading across the seafront.

Eight crews of firefighters have been sent to the site after East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to the incident shortly before 3.15pm. There are approximately 60 fighters now tackling the flames.
It is thought that the fire started when the wall panelling in the games section of an arcade was set alight.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the fire has engulfed a two-storey building on the pier, around 50 metres from the shoreline
Here are some images of the fire, tweeted by observers:
https://twitter.com/JGarnell/status/494502384509673472

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