A huge fire sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air has engulfed the historic Eastbourne Pier on the English seafront, 70 miles southeast of London.
The East Sussex fire service responded with roughly 60 firefighters Wednesday as beachgoers watched in horror.
Lifeboats from several nearby towns were also on the scene in an effort to control the fire – the latest in a series of blazes to hit southern England’s aging piers.
The Eastbourne Pier is a popular wedding venue and entertainment center.
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