People collect charred remains of the Hastings Pier washed up on to the beach after a fire destroyed most of the historical pier, in  Hastings, England. A landmark pier, once hosted a Rolling Stones concert, was virtually destroyed probably marking an end to local hopes of preserving the 19th-century structure. Two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of arson. Photo: AP
People collect charred remains of the Hastings Pier washed up on to the beach after a fire destroyed most of the historical pier, in Hastings, England. A landmark pier, once hosted a Rolling Stones concert, was virtually destroyed probably marking an end to local hopes of preserving the 19th-century structure. Two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of arson. Photo: AP
The Hastings Pier smoulders after it was gutted by a fire in Hastings, England. The Hastings Pier - a relic of gentler times when mass tourism meant a trip to the seashore - was consumed by the blaze probably marking an end to local hopes to preserve the Victorian relic. Police said they arrested two men on suspicion of arson. Photo: AP
The Hastings Pier smoulders after it was gutted by a fire in Hastings, England. The Hastings Pier - a relic of gentler times when mass tourism meant a trip to the seashore - was consumed by the blaze probably marking an end to local hopes to preserve the Victorian relic. Police said they arrested two men on suspicion of arson. Photo: AP
Firefighters continue to spray water as Hastings Pier smolders after a fire destroyed most of the historical pier, in Hastings, England. A landmark pier, once hosted a Rolling Stones concert,  was virtually destroyed probably marking an end to local hopes of preserving the 19th-century structure. Photo: AP
Firefighters continue to spray water as Hastings Pier smolders after a fire destroyed most of the historical pier, in Hastings, England. A landmark pier, once hosted a Rolling Stones concert, was virtually destroyed probably marking an end to local hopes of preserving the 19th-century structure. Photo: AP
People collect charred remains of the Hastings Pier washed up on to the beach after a fire destroyed most of the historical pier, in  Hastings, England. A landmark pier, once hosted a Rolling Stones concert, was virtually destroyed probably marking an end to local hopes of preserving the 19th-century structure. Two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of arson. Photo: AP
People collect charred remains of the Hastings Pier washed up on to the beach after a fire destroyed most of the historical pier, in Hastings, England. A landmark pier, once hosted a Rolling Stones concert, was virtually destroyed probably marking an end to local hopes of preserving the 19th-century structure. Two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of arson. Photo: AP
The Hastings Pier smoulders after it was gutted by a fire in Hastings, England. The Hastings Pier - a relic of gentler times when mass tourism meant a trip to the seashore - was consumed by the blaze probably marking an end to local hopes to preserve the Victorian relic. Police said they arrested two men on suspicion of arson. Photo: AP
The Hastings Pier smoulders after it was gutted by a fire in Hastings, England. The Hastings Pier - a relic of gentler times when mass tourism meant a trip to the seashore - was consumed by the blaze probably marking an end to local hopes to preserve the Victorian relic. Police said they arrested two men on suspicion of arson. Photo: AP
The Hastings Pier smoulders after it was gutted by a fire in Hastings, England. The Hastings Pier - a relic of gentler times when mass tourism meant a trip to the seashore - was consumed by the blaze probably marking an end to local hopes to preserve the Victorian relic. Police said they arrested two men on suspicion of arson. Photo: AP
The Hastings Pier smoulders after it was gutted by a fire in Hastings, England. The Hastings Pier - a relic of gentler times when mass tourism meant a trip to the seashore - was consumed by the blaze probably marking an end to local hopes to preserve the Victorian relic. Police said they arrested two men on suspicion of arson. Photo: AP

A landmark pier in south-eastern England that once hosted a Rolling Stones concert was virtually destroyed in a fire, probably marking an end to local hopes of preserving the 19th-century structure. Two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of arson. The dilapidated Hastings Pier, which juts into the English Channel and is a relic of gentler times when mass tourism meant a trip to the seashore, had been closed since 2006.

About five dozen firefighters were at the scene at the peak of the blaze, authorities said.