Fire crews called to Weymouth Pleasure Pier

Weymouth Pleasure Pier fire
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Firefighters were called to Weymouth Pleasure Pier on the evening of 9 August, in order to extinguish a fire on one of the landmark’s timber posts.

 

The crew were summoned to the pier just after 9pm, after smoke was seen emanating from a point near the edge of the structure.

“While Weymouth whole time firefighters were covering Dorchester on standby, Weymouth on call firefighters were called to a small fire in the open on the Pleasure Pier,” said a spokesperson for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.

“On arrival there were visible embers burning within a single timber post, which crews extinguished using one hose reel jet.”

No details were given as to how the fire started, and the threat was extinguished within an hour of the arrival of firefighters.

Despite their proximity to water, the heritage wooden construction of most of the UK’s pleasure pier puts them at particular risk of fire damage.

In July, six engines from the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called to Eastbourne Pier to deal with a fire caused by ongoing renovation work.

Earlier the same month, 50 firefighters tackled a blaze at Blackpool Central Pier, which destroyed a fairground ride and engineering shed before it could be extinguished.


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