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Fairground ride on Blackpool pier completely destroyed by fire

Ten fire crews were called out to deal with the blaze.

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Firefighters working to put out a blaze on Blackpool Pier (Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service/PA)

Firefighters working to put out a blaze on Blackpool Pier (Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service/PA)

Firefighters working to put out a blaze on Blackpool Pier (Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service/PA)

A fairground ride has been completely destroyed by fire after a blaze broke out on Blackpool’s Central Pier.

Ten fire crews were called out to the blaze just after 3am on Friday, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said.

A spokesman for the service told the PA news agency a fairground ride had been completely destroyed and a significant portion of the outside of a workshop-type building had been destroyed.

The fire was quickly brought under control after crews arrived on the scene and investigations would be carried out into its cause, the service said.

Incident commander Mark Winder told BBC Radio Lancashire: “Some fantastic early intervention was done by the crews first on scene.

“Fortunately we had some of the conditions in our favour so we did not have a particularly strong wind and the tide was out, so we were able to tackle the fire below from the beach as well.”

In a statement, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Crews will remain to monitor for any hotspots and damp down.

“An investigation into the cause of the fire will begin as soon as possible.

“The earlier road closures in place are now being lifted.”

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Firefighters working to put out a blaze on Blackpool Pier (Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service/PA)

Firefighters working to put out a blaze on Blackpool Pier (Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service/PA)

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Firefighters working to put out a blaze on Blackpool Pier (Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service/PA)

By 11am, two fire crews remained at the scene.

Drone pictures released by the fire service showed the damage to the middle section of the pier.

Mark Marshall, from owners Blackpool Pier Company, told BBC North West Today: “At the moment we have definitely lost one ride, and damage to a second ride.  An engineering shed has gone, I believe that is where the seat of the fire ignited at that point.

“Everyone is devastated really to discover the news.

“We have got a structural engineer en route who will be lifted from the beach up underneath the steelwork to assess the damage. We are hoping with every fibre of our body that the steel will be in good order and intact.

“If that’s the case we will be able to set about removing items from the seat of the fire and then look at the next stages, linking in with the council and the fire brigade. Top priority being at all times public safety.”

The Central Pier is one of three piers in the seaside resort and was opened in 1868.

It is known for its attractions, amusements, shows and shopping.

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