Thirteen years ago the landscape of Weston-Super-Mare’s seafront was changed for years to come.
It was July 28 2008, the beginning of the school summer holidays and the pier had reached its busiest time of the year for visitors.
But at approximately 1.35am a fire broke out on the eastern end of the pavilion, igniting what would cause the complete destruction of the famous Victorian pier.
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It was not until 6.46am that the emergency services were alerted about the fire, according to BBC reports.
By the time the fire brigade arrived, it was too late to save the structure.
The picture across the horizon in Weston on this summer morning had become engulfed by thick black smoke which was reported to be seen 60 miles away.
At the height of the blaze, Avon Fire and Rescue had 13 vehicles and more than 100 firefighters at the scene.
The cause of the fire was eventually recorded as “unknown” but its thought it could have been due to an electrical error.
The reason for such destruction was that the fire had over five hours in which it was free to ravage throughout the attraction.
Fire investigators stated that the fire ignited in a room that contained deep fat fryers.
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Work began dismantling the pier the following September before the £39,000,000 construction opened in the October half term of 2010.
Since 2008 the Michael family have continued to run the pier and have made significant improvements to ensure it remains one of the biggest attractions in the west.
Let us know in the comments about your memories of the day the pier burnt down on this day in 2008.