TOP 10 TEN PIER FIRES IN THE UK
NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE - That is for sure. Why did it take so long for the alarm to be raised and why were there no in-situ fire prevention measures.
One reason for this is that pier owners are typically canny operators who would set things up to look like an accident. Another reason is that the local constabulary might well know the operator well and so not look for evidence as carefully as they might - or worse.
For all these reasons there should be an independent Pier Arson Squad, to survey an surveil pier operators to fend off future fraudulent claims. This is justifiable snooping where so many piers are being lost in hard times.
HOT TOPIC - Onlookers had a burning desire to put these flames out.
EASTBOURNE PIER 2011, 2014
This pier has been subjected to more than one fire. The Atlantis night club was the first area under attack.
Des Prichard, chief fire officer of East Sussex Fire and Rescue, said: “Pier fires are notoriously difficult to fight because there is one way on and one way off – and the tide can caused additional problems.” If you were an insurer, would you want to insure a pier in the UK? A police investigation left many stones unturned.
FIRE SALE - No sooner than there is a fire than there is a payout or a sale. The pattern is inescapably etched in our mind. Statistics don't lie, rather they reveal the awful truth and that is that all pier fires should be treated as arson, even if it is the owner setting fire to his own property.
BRIGHTON WEST PIER 2003
Opened in 1866 Brighton’s west pier survived more than a century before being closed over safety concerns in 1975. When a fire broke out in March 2003 firefighters were unable to reach the blaze due to a collapsed walkway caused by a storm four months before.
STRIKE A LIGHT - Yes, and someone probably did, with the alarms somehow failing to go off in time for an effective response.
GRAND PIER WESTON SUPER MARE 2008
An alarm company was found to be negligent by a court over the fire that effectively destroyed the Grand Pier in 2008.
Although the fire alarm went off at 1:35am after a blaze started in an area containing deep fat fryers, the fire brigade was not alerted until nearly 7:00am.
A NICE CHEERY BLAZE - Destroyed Hasting pier. Arson was suspected, but were the right suspects arrested and quizzed by police?
HASTINGS PIER 2010
Hastings pier was effectively destroyed
with 95% of the upper structure up in smoke just days after architects had been invited to submit designs for redevelopment.
The pier had been closed since 2006 because of fears it was unsafe.
SOUTHEND PIER 1976
Blamed on a dropped cigarette the 1976 Southend pier fire spread quickly.
Special pumps were brought in because firefighters were hampered by the low pressure of the pier’s water main.
BOGNER REGIS PIER FIRE 1974
at Bognor Regis is the oldest of the piers mentioned in this
article. It survived two fires in three months in 1974 and in August 2011 a fire in a storage unit at the end of the pier caused thousands
of pounds worth of damage.
THE AWARD FOR MOST FIRES - Goes to Eastbourne Pier. We are counting down the days until the next event. So should you, because at the moment the owner does not have the reserves to install decent fire fighting equipment. This is the burned out husk of the former amusement arcade.
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