Tourists’ fear at big blaze in beach town of Burnham-on-Sea pier fire
Today, one of the UK’s oldest lit seafront piers caught fire.
After holidaymakers observed fires on the pier in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, fire crews rushed to the scene. Thick grey smoke billows from the structure, which stretches 900 feet into the bay, according to photos.
A wood storage facility and a bin are thought to have been involved in the incident, which started about midday.
Devon and Avon Fire and Rescue are still on the scene, and coastal routes have been closed.
Tourists may be seen watching the fire roar from the monument in other photos provided by Somerset Live.
Many people, including witnesses, have vented their frustrations on the internet.
One comment reads, “Hope everyone is fine.”
Another says, “Let’s hope the owners can rebuild.”
A third says, “It’s very awful to see these scenes.”
The pier was the first concrete building of its sort in Europe, and it was completed between 1911 and 1914.
It is the UK’s tiniest pier.
Burnham-on-Sea, once a little fishing community, is today a renowned tourist attraction.
As a result of the pandemic’s stringent limitations on overseas travel, there has been a large increase in domestic holidays in the UK this year.