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Last Updated: Monday July 28 2008 11:00 GMT

Huge fire destroys famous pier

The fire at Weston-super-Mare pier

A huge fire has ripped through a famous pier in one of Britain's most popular sea-side holiday spots.

The Grand Pier in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, has been partly destroyed in the blaze, which is thought to have started early on Monday.

Dozens of fire-fighters tackled the flames, which could be seen up to 50 miles away in Cardiff, Wales.

BBC reporter Nigel Dando said: "There'll be nothing left after this fire, it's a desperately sad scene."

No-one was hurt in the blaze and the cause of the fire is not yet known.

Bruce Watson, who works at a shopping centre opposite the pier, said the fire had devastated the partly wooden structure.

"It's just a shell virtually now, the flames are hundreds of feet high and the smoke into thousands of feet," he said.


This isn't the first time the pier has been burnt down - it took three years to rebuild after it was hit by fire back in 1930.

The pier, which is a quarter-of-a-mile-long, first opened more than 100 years ago, in 1904.

It attracts thousands of visitors every year and recently reopened after a massive revamp which saw a new funfair and go-kart track installed.