A FIRE which broke out on Burnham-on-Sea pier this lunchtime has been put out.

The damage appears to be confined to the sea end of the pier and is believed to have broken out in a wooden storage area.

Crews from Avon and Devon and Somerset fire and rescue services tackled the blaze which caused extensive smoke along the seafront.

Built between 1911 and 1914, the Burnham landmark is one of the UK’s oldest illuminated seaside piers and was the first concrete structure of its kind in Europe.

When it was first built, engineers from around Britain came to marvel at it.

Now, it is home to fun gaming machines and refreshments with a covered shelter area at the front.