Good news: All smoke, no fire

On Saturday 24 November, a fire broke out on Hastings Pier in the middle of the main Pavilion Restaurant. East Sussex Fire and Rescue attended the scene and extinguished the fire, the cause of which is suspected to be an accidental electrical malfunction.

Mr Abid Gulzar, who owns Hastings Pier, said: “It was an unfortunate incident but we are glad that the team we have in place acted promptly and saved a disaster from happening. We are also thankful to the East Sussex Fire Service for their prompt response and containing the situation very quickly.

We are investigating the cause but so far it looks like it was an electrical resistance connected to underfloor heating. We must clarify that none of the wiring which caused the fire has been installed by us, but was part of the £14.5m that was spent on restoration of the Pier.

The Pier is closed until further notice but we can assure the people of Hastings that the team is working very hard to open it as soon as possible.”

Speaking about the fire, Amber Rudd MP said: “We all too well remember the devastating fire in 2010 which destroyed our town’s old pier. I am pleased that this fire was contained and extinguished quickly which meant there was very little damage to the pier. Most importantly, the staff on the pier responded excellently with the evacuation procedure which meant that no one was harmed.

“I would like to thank East Sussex Fire and Rescue for their quick response and bravery in preventing what could have been a disaster. I would also like to thank Mr Gulzar for updating the town’s residents on this matter. I look forward to the pier reopening, which will hopefully be soon.”