COUNTY NEWS: Fire rages on seaside pier in Sussex

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

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

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

Fighting the blaze on the pier SUS-150613-230631001

Fighting the blaze on the pier SUS-150613-230631001

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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