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"The emergency services have done a fantastic job," he said.
"The fact that as far as we're aware that nobody's hurt - we're not aware of anybody unaccounted for - they evacuated the site very quickly and they've managed to contain it to that front dome so there's hope of getting the pier restored.
"The building which has been affected is the largest dome on the pier, and it has been badly damaged - but further down it looks as it's always looked.
A fire service spokesman said: "Firefighters are using lifeboats to help tackle the fire from the sea and an aerial platform is being used as a water tower to prevent the fire from spreading on the shore side."
He said crews had gone onto the pier from the sea-ward end to try and stop the fire spreading further along the structure and the blaze was being "brought under control".
originally posted by: Antipathy17
a reply to: gortex
That sucks. There is always room for a remodeling conspiracy!
originally posted by: suicideeddie
with luck english heritage fund will fork out as there isnt many of these about now, the wrought iron beams may be a sod to replace if these are heat damaged. are there any foundry's left able to make them anymore?