Burning of Hastings Pier, July 15th 1917

The 1917 fire took place in the afternoon and attracted large crowds.

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.

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