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Fire strikes ride and workshop on Blackpool pier

There were 10 fire engines attending the blaze.

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Blackpool’s central pier has been hit by a blaze (Dave Thompson/PA)

Blackpool’s central pier has been hit by a blaze (Dave Thompson/PA)

Blackpool’s central pier has been hit by a blaze (Dave Thompson/PA)

A blaze has been extinguished after it erupted on Blackpool’s central pier, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said.

There were 10 fire engines used in responding to the fire.

Incident commander Mark Winder said in a video tweeted by the service that crews were called just after 3am.

He said: “The fire involved a workshop and a ride that are approximately halfway along the central pier.

“Fortunately early firefighter action has extinguished the fire to the extent there is no visible flame.”

An investigation was being conducted into the fire’s cause, he added.

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.”

Earlier road closures in place because of the blaze were lifted.

Damage to the ride and the workshop is being assessed.

Mr 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.”

PA