Crowds watching the 1917 Pier fire

Did a cigarette end cause the Hastings Pier fire? After the blaze began on the afternoon of Sunday 15 July 1917, rescued deckchairs were piled up on the promenade.

No one was hurt in the fire on 15 July 1917, but it destroyed the ornate pavilion at the end of the Pier. The Canadian soldiers that were stationed in Hastings during WWI were enjoying a concert in the pavilion immediately before the fire, and it is thought that a discarded cigarette began the blaze, which was watched by large crowds.

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  • I THINK THAT THE FIRE WAS A DISCRASIFUL EVENT AND I WAS VEY SCHOCKED TO SEE THE RESULT BY EUGENE RIVET AGE 12 SCHOOL FREDERICKBREM SCHOOL PASSING GRADE STUDNT

    By EUGENE (16/08/2017)

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