On July 28, 2008, flames engulfed the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare.
Avon Fire and Rescue Service deployed 13 engines, special units and 60 firefighters.
``Robert Tinker, a Grand Pier employee, was later praised by the fire brigade as he braved the extreme intensity of the heat from the flames to rush around the side of the building to remove several gas canisters which had been stored within the premises, had these not been removed the fire brigade claimed that the blaze could have been much worse, with the possibility of local residents and traders needing to be evacuated.''
The pier, which opened in 1904, was rebuilt and opened again in 2010. It was also the scene of a major fire in 1930.