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California pier fire fanned by sea breeze

Published 20/05/2016

Firefighters tackled the flames from boats and from the pier itself (AP)
Firefighters tackled the flames from boats and from the pier itself (AP)

A fire at the end of a pier in California is continuing to smoulder, fanned by a persistent sea breeze.

The fire broke out in the premises of a vacant restaurant on Seal Beach Pier at around 7.35am local time on Friday, and was generally quelled by 9am.

But Orange County Fire Authority Capt Steve Concialdi said the onshore breeze is causing it to continue to smoulder .

At the height of the blaze, a fleet of fire boats from Los Angeles, Long Beach and local agencies attacked the flames with water cannons as 70 firefighters battled the blaze from the pier.

Mr Concialdi said fire engines initially pumped water to firefighters through the long wooden pier's standpipe but at some point it failed and they had to lay more than 1,500ft of hose.

The structure has been left in ruins, with much of its roof collapsed.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation and the pier will remain closed until it can be inspected.

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