East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service crews have spent the night at the scene of the Eastbourne Pier fire.
They were called out yesterday (30 July 2014) at 15.13 and at the height of the incident 80 firefighters were tackling the fire from the shoreline, from the water and from underneath the Pier.
As of 06.30 this morning, around 20 firefighters are continuing to damp down to ensure the fire is completely out. They have been assisted overnight by lifeboat crews in order to reach the remaining hot spots.
It is expected that the operation will be further scaled down within the next few hours.
An investigation is underway and the cause has not yet been established.
A large section of the Pier remains unaffected by the fire but there has been substantial damage to a number of small buildings and the large arcade has been left a shell. There are no reports of injuries.
Chief Fire Officer Des Prichard said: "Pier fires are notoriously difficult to fight because there is one way on and one way off - and the tide can caused additional problems. The hard work of our firefighters has paid off in that we have been able to save a section of this iconic landmark but I know for the people of Eastbourne, this will still be devastating.
I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this operation. We have had great support from other organisations including the RNLI, Coastguard and the police, and our own firefighters were determined to do all they could. We are now investigating the cause of the fire."
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service would also like to thank local businesses who offered help during the incident, including the Pier Hotel.