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England’s Hastings Pier gutted by fire

Published Oct 5, 2010


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.

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