A FAIRGROUND ride has been destroyed in a fire on Blackpool’s Central Pier.
Ten crews were called to the blaze just after 3am this morning, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said.
It confirmed a fairground ride was razed to the ground and a significant part of a workshop was wrecked.
The fire was quickly brought under control and investigations would be carried out into its cause, the service said.
Incident commander Mark Winder told BBC Radio Lancashire: ‘Some fantastic early intervention was done by the crews first on scene.
‘Fortunately we had some of the conditions in our favour so we did not have a particularly strong wind and the tide was out, so we were able to tackle the fire below from the beach as well.’
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘Crews will remain to monitor for any hotspots and damp down.
‘An investigation into the cause of the fire will begin as soon as possible.
‘The earlier road closures in place are now being lifted.’
By 11am, two fire crews remained at the scene.
Drone pictures released by the fire service showed the damage to the middle section of the pier.
Mark Marshall, from owners Blackpool Pier Company, told BBC North West Today: ‘At the moment we have definitely lost one ride, and damage to a second ride. An engineering shed has gone, I believe that is where the seat of the fire ignited.
‘Everyone is devastated to discover the news.
‘We have got a structural engineer en route who will be lifted from the beach up underneath the steelwork to assess the damage. We are hoping with every fibre of our body that the steel will be in good order and intact.
‘If that’s the case we will be able to set about removing items from the seat of the fire and then look at the next stages, linking in with the council and the fire brigade — top priority being at all times public safety.’
The Central Pier is one of three piers in the seaside resort and opened in 1868.
It is known for its attractions, amusements, shows and shopping.