COUNTY NEWS: Fire rages on seaside pier in Sussex

FIREFIGHTERS and lifeboat teams have been tackling a blaze at a popular seafront pier tonight (June 13).

Worthing Pier still standing after tonight's emergency SUS-150613-231021001
Worthing Pier still standing after tonight's emergency SUS-150613-231021001

SIX fire engines were called to a fire at Worthing Pier.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue said firefighters were called to the scene just after 8.30pm.

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The flames were out by 10pm but the coastguard and lifeboat were still on scene.

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Two teams from Shoreham’s RNLI Lifeboat Station have been launched to assess the scene from the water.

On Twitter a spokesman for the charity said that volunteers were ‘checking for hot spots’ using a thermal imaging camera.

Earlier this evening, one eyewitness took to Facebook saying: “Just saw loads of smoke coming from that direction.”

Reports on Twitter have suggested there was a function taking place on the pier at the time which has been moved to another location.

Firefighters tackling the blaze at Worthing Pier SUS-150613-230619001

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