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Last Updated: Tuesday September 09 2008 07:23 GMT

Fleetwood pier destroyed in fire

Picture of the pier on fire taken by Ian Blezard

A huge fire has badly damaged the pier at Fleetwood in Lancashire.

Fire crews were called to the pier at 4.30am on Tuesday morning after reports of smoke rising from the roof of the main building.

Around 80 firefighters battled for hours to get the blaze under control, but police say the pier has been completely gutted.

No one was hurt in the fire and investigators are trying to find out what caused the blaze.

The fire is thought to have started near the front of the pier and nearby roads have been closed off.

Fire crews spent the morning pumping water from a boating lake a mile away to help control the blaze.