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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.

Revamp

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.