UK's Fleetwood pier destroyed by fire
One of the UK's "golden age" piers was destroyed by a fire in the early hours of this morning. The pier in Lancashire was one of the first to be built in the golden age of pier building in Britain, which lasted from 1860 to 1910.
The fire follows a similiar one at the Grand Pier at Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset. Police are looking into suspicion of arson at both sites.
Firefighters were this morning tackling a large blaze which has reduced Lancashire's historic but ramshackle Fleetwood Pier to a smouldering mass of twisted metal.
A member of the public called the emergency services at 4.30am, after seeing smoke and flames coming from the front of the former tourist attraction, which had fallen into disrepair and had recently been boarded up.
A convoy of fire engines lined the promenade, as firefighters using high-level cranes pumped water from a nearby boating lake onto the top of the flames, while crews on the ground used hoses to attack the base of the blaze.
Dozens of locals stood in the rain watching smoke billow into the air from the landmark. The flames occasionally reared up as gusts of wind buffeted the smoking structure on the shoreline.