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17 July 2020 08:33

Central Pier

Blackpool Central Pier fire: Ten crews tackle blaze at 152-year-old attraction

The video will start in 8 Cancel News, views and top stories in your inbox. Don't miss our must-read newsletter Sign up Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Flames engulfed part of Blackpool's Central Pier as 50 firefighters battled the inferno and witnesses feared the entire landmark would be destroyed. One ride - said to be the Waltzer - and a workshop were destroyed as crews desperately worked to save the popular tourist site, which reopened two weeks ago as England's coronavirus lockdown was eased. Dramatic video shows a massive orange glow lighting up the sky before dawn and a huge cloud of smoke billowing into the air from the pier. Photos in the aftermath show extensive damage to part of the pier.

The pier remained closed after the blaze was extinguished and it was unclear when it would reopen, at least partially. An inspection was due to take place to determine if the structure was safe. Did you witness the incident? Email [email protected] Ten fire engines raced to the scene as dozens of firefighters tackled the blaze about halfway along the pier, eventually containing it to a workshop and a ride, said incident commander Mark Winder of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.

Mr Winder said the first crews were called just after 3am on Friday. The blaze was extinguished within a few hours. Speaking at the scene just before 6am, he said: "Initially, a four pump attendance that quickly escalated to 10 appliances. The fire involved a workshop and a ride that are approximately halfway along the Central Pier. (Image: Peter Mowbray/Twitter) (Image: Peter Mowbray/Twitter) "Fortunately, early firefighter action has extinguished the fire to the extent there is no visible flame at present.

Officials are investigating where and how the fire started. Crews remained on scene to monitor any hot spots and damp down the site after sunrise. A spokesperson for the fire service told Mirror Online at 8.30am: "We're still currently at the incident damping down. The fire involved a pleasure ride and a workshop type building. "Both were completely destroyed by the fire.

"There are plans to hold a multi-agency meeting to discuss getting someone out to assess the structure and presumably options for reopening." The pier cannot reopen until debris is cleared and it is deemed safe. Lancashire Police and North West Ambulance Service were also on scene. No injuries were reported. A spokesperson for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Firefighters from Blackpool were called to reports of a fire at Central Pier, Promenade, Blackpool in the early hours. (Image: @LFRS_ACFO /Twitter) (Image: @LFRS_ACFO /Twitter) "Firefighters are currently still in attendance." The Central Pier is one of three and is situated close to the now defunct Blackpool Central railway station and around 550 yards south of Blackpool Tower.

It was opened in 1868 - four years after the North Pier and 30 years before the South Pier - with the following century seeing the introduction of fairground rides and a theatre. It's attractions include Pirate's Bay Family Bar, Blackpool Big Wheel, Peter Sedgewicks Funfair, Central Pier Family Entertainment Centre and Old Tyme Portrait Studio. The pier was ravaged by fires in 1964 and 1973 which gutted the theatre buildings. Mirror Online has contacted the pier's owner for comment. ES News email The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday - Friday plus breaking news updates Enter your email address Continue Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid You already have an account. Please log in Register with your social account or click here to log in I would like to receive lunchtime headlines Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts, by email Update newsletter preferences Firefighters have tackled a large blaze that erupted on Blackpool's central pier. Dramatic photos showed smoke billowing into the sky as flames ripped through part of a workshop at the attraction. Ten fire engines responded to the fire in the early hours of Friday morning, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said. The blaze has since been extinguished. 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. He advised some nearby roads were closed and would remain so "for one to two hours". One from the crews at the scene early on this morning at Blackpool pic.twitter.com/vDSfbYbH4R — Lancashire Fire (@LancashireFRS) July 17, 2020 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. Get the pick of the week's stories and fascinating Devon history features direct to your inbox every Saturday morning in our exclusive Weekend Report newsletter Sign me up! Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email 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. FOLLOW LIVE UPDATES ON LANCSLIVE 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. He advised some nearby roads are currently closed and will remain so "for one to two hours". Firefighters have battled through the night to contain a huge blaze on Blackpool's Central Pier. Crews were called at 3.19am on Friday after receiving reports that a building on the pier was 'well alight'. The fire was quickly brought under control but at 5am, 10 fire engines were still at the scene. A spokesperson for the fire service said: "Firefighters from Blackpool were called to reports of a fire at Central Pier, Promenade, Blackpool in the early hours. "On arrival firefighters requested further assistance, with an additional eight fire engines being called to attend along with the Command Support Unit and Aerial Support Unit. "Firefighters found a building on the pier well alight on arrival which they brought under control using hose reel jets. "We currently have 10 fire engines in attendance at a fire on the Central Pier, Promenade. "Firefighters have the fire under control but are still in attendance. "Please be advised that some roads nearby are currently closed." At 6am, Incident Commander Mark Winder provided an update saying the fire had involved a worskhop and one ride. Here's an update from the scene with Incident Commander Mark Winder pic.twitter.com/N1sumZfMv2 — Lancashire Fire (@LancashireFRS) July 17, 2020 Initially four fire engines were sent to the scene, but more resources were quickly called upon to assist. A number of roads were closed and are due to re-open before lunchtime. We currently have 10 fire engines in attendance at a fire on the Central Pier, Promenafe. FF's have the fire under control but are still in attendance. Please be advised that some roads nearby are currently closed pic.twitter.com/6n3eTsciD4 — Lancashire Fire (@LancashireFRS) July 17, 2020 The cause of the fire is now under investigation.