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Pier inferno may have been arson according to police

By Staff Reporter

The fire which destroyed part of Eastbourne Pier may have been started deliberately, detectives have said. Initially it was suspected that an electrical fault could have sparked Wednesday's blaze on the 144-year-old attraction.

Sussex Police said they are now treating the fire as "suspicious" as information points to it being "started by someone, either deliberately or accidentally". Up to 80 firefighters tackled the inferno on the Grade II* listed Victorian attraction, which left the amusement arcade near the entrance a scorched shell.

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