Historic Eastbourne pier went up in flames Wednesday. Up to 10 fire engines have attended the blaze which is believed to have started in an arcade. The roof of one of the main buildings has already gone.
Lifeboats were launched to help pick up people who had jumped from the pier into the sea as the blaze took hold. With the fire breaking out in the middle of the day obviously the pier was busy with visitors.
The lifeboats also helped the fireman tackle the blaze by giving access from the sea.
It is high summer in the UK and there has been an intermittent heatwave. Kids are on holiday from school too meaning that Eastbourne is bustling with tourists and day-trippers.
Thankfully there are no reports of casualties. The big question may be was this accidental fire or arson? It is not the first pier on the south-east coast of England to go up in flames.
Early reports are that the fire started in a wall.
In 2003 Brighton's derelict pier went up in flames and then in October 2010 Hastings pier in East Sussex was destroyed by fire.
Eastbourne pier opened to the public on June 13, 1870. During WWII it faced adaptations including machine guns being installed in the pier theatre just in case of an enemy landing or invasion.
The pier suffered damage at various times from its early history until the present day but nothing that could not be fixed.
In 2009 Six Piers Limited placed Eastbourne Pier up for sale, with an asking price of £5.5 million. The sale price included a tea room, two bars, an amusement arcade and a nightclub.
There are many possible causes of the fire but we will not speculate. An investigation into the cause will be launched.
Thursday update: It took some time and effort to get the fire under control. In the end two-thirds of the pier was saved.
Opinion: Fracking, the controversial process of accessing shale gas below the ground, has reared its ugly head again in Britain. The British government has tried bribing communities and considered changing laws to allow fracking under properties without permission but most people are still wary of fracking. It has a bad track record in the USA. That country may be large enough to abandon ruined areas but the UK is not lucky. The current fracking push may be due to many factors but you can never rule out that one is political allies making big money.
Related - PM Cameron will not frack off but commits to more fracking
British Government give green light to Fracking
Lord Howell apologises for frack in desolate north of England comment
As the UK joins other European countries in tightening the screw on Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin a British fuel crisis is only a heartbeat away.
The western finger of blame for the downing of MH17 and the continuing crisis in the Ukraine is pointing squarely at Putin and sanctions are being used to punish Russia, and its people. Presumably there is another objective rather than just meting out punishment or revenge.
Russia could reciprocate and if it decides to play the same game it could be a long cold winter in Europe and Britain.
We rely heavily on Russian gas hence the sudden government urgency for fracking.
If the government had planned ahead and invested money in other fuel sources we would not be at this stage right now; but it has chosen to invest in death and destruction rather than homeland issues.
When you look at how much of the world is currently war torn, and how many of those countries are in such a sorry mess due to western interference, in particular from the USA, you almost have to wonder if it was a cunning plan all along. A plan for world dominance by the USA.
For most people that is an unthinkable scenario yet people are all too quick to believe that is Russia's plan.
Below is an email from Greenpeace and the government's fracking announcement this week and a petition you can sign. We urge you to do just that.
Today [Tuesday], David Cameron opened up huge new areas of the country to fracking. More than half of Britain is now up for grabs in the prime minister's latest frack-a-thon, including areas in 10 national parks.
When Patrick Sawyer, 40, a US citizen, died in Lagos, Nigeria, from the deadly Ebola virus it sparked fear in Britain that Ebola could soon travel beyond Africa. Monday we wrote "Just a matter of time before Ebola escapes from Africa?" and it seems others are wondering the same.
Times of India reports Tuesday that "[UK] International Development Secretary Justine Greening recently announced a new £2 million package of assistance to partners including the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and Medecins Sans Frontieres that are operating in Sierra Leone and Liberia to tackle the outbreak [of Ebola].
The report notes "Sawyer flew from Liberia, stopped over in Ghana, took a transit flight in Togo and then died in Nigeria". The flights were "international".
So the big question is who else did he come into contact with? Did he use airport and or plane toilet facilities? Who did he sit next to on the flights? Perhaps more importantly where in this world are all the people who Sawyer came into contact with while he was carrying the deadly Ebola virus?
In Britain doctors are being advised to be vigilant. They have been warned to look out for signs of symptoms of Ebola in patients, especially those who have recently undertaken foreign flights. However the chain of infection could by now, in theory, have touched many, including people who never travel far.
Around 670 have died in the Ebola outbreak with one frightening statistic - 90% of all people infected die. At time of writing there is no cure.
The Public Health chief in the UK has said Britain is now on red alert against any person showing symptoms of the deadly disease.
The UK is not alone and other western governments and health officials are now in Ebola alert.
As if to highlight how easily Ebola could infect outside of Africa and in the UK "Police Hunt For Man With Contagious Disease" not Ebola though.
The UK Government's emergency committee, Cobra, is to meet and discuss the threat from the deadly virus, Ebola, as fears mount it could spread to the UK.
A British judge could be facing charges of misconduct after he was caught napping during a child-rape case.
The case at Manchester Crown Court was abandoned after barristers realised the judge had fallen asleep as one victim was cross-examined. The jury were dismissed and the trial will be rescheduled.
Apart for the waste of taxpayer's money and jury members and witnesses time there is the stress of those directly involved in the case. Having geared themselves up to face a suspect, victims and their loved ones deserve justice. The defendant similarly deserves a fair trial.
We are left wondering how many other judges have nodded off during long trials. Once again it proves that the British justice system has many flaws.
Recorder Philip Cattan, the man accused of falling asleep, is not allowed to comment while an investigation by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office is underway. He is a barrister who spends between 15 and 30 days a year sitting as judge; no doubt a highly profitable job.
His snooze allegedly happened as the first complainant was being cross-examined. As the complaint is rape the complainant's evidence was probably difficult to deliver and certainly deserved the full attention of the judge.
If he was ill or taking medication that affected him he should have stood down. It is hard to imagine any other justification for a judge basically not doing his job.
Looking at a Telegraph report this is not the first case of a sleeping judge