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Last Updated: Monday July 28 2008 11:10 GMT

In Pictures: Flames destroy pier

Fire at Weston-super-Mare pier

This massive stack of smoke is coming from a fierce blaze which ripped through the Grand Pier in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset.

Fire at Weston-super-Mare pier

Loads of firefighters tackled the fire, which looks like it will totally destroy the tourist attraction that was built in 1904.

Fire at Weston-super-Mare pier

It's not the first time the pier has been ravaged by fire. It was destroyed in 1930 and rebuilt, before re-opening in 1933.

Fire at Weston-super-Mare pier

The pier, which is about 450m long, attracts thousands of visitors a year and reopened in April after a massive revamp.

Before the fire

This is how the pier used to look. It had a bowling alley, a funfair and a Big Wheel.

Fire at Weston-super-Mare pier

This is the same view now. The cause of the fire is not known yet.