Blackpool Pier badly damaged after ride sets on fire overnight

A historic pier has been badly damaged after a fire broke out in the early hours of this morning.

Blackpool Central Pier, which was built in 1868, was saved following the blaze which is believed to have been started on one of the rides.

Pictures from Lancashire Fire and Rescue show a badly damaged workshop next to the ride. But it appears as though firefighters were able to control the flames before they destroyed the Victorian landmark.

The fire brigade said 10 fire engines responded and 50 firefighters rushed to the scene at around 3am.

Incident commander Mark Winder said in a video tweeted by the service: ‘The fire involved a workshop and a ride that are approximately halfway along the central pier.

‘Fortunately early firefighter actions have extinguished the fire to the extent there is no visible flame present.

‘We are now conducting a further investigation.’

Some roads around the Promenade were closed for a few hours but have since reopened.

The service tweeted just after 8am: ‘The incident at Blackpool Central Pier has now been reduced to three fire engines who will be monitoring hot spots and damping down.

‘Earlier road closures have now also been lifted.’

There are three significant piers in Blackpool – the North Pier was the first to open in 1863 and is the oldest remaining example of a pier designed by celebrated seaside architect Eugenius Birch.

It suffered substantial storm damage in 2013 and is Grade-II listed.

Central Pier was the next to be built and is home to Blackpool’s iconic 33-metre-high ferris wheel, known as the Big Wheel, which was installed in 1990.

South Pier, originally called Victoria Pier, is the youngest of the three structures and opened in 1893.

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