Fire under Worthing Pier was arson

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A BLAZE in some bedding under Worthing Pier is being treated as arson.

A spokesman for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service this afternoon said the small blaze was started deliberately and urged anyone with information to contact the police.

Firefighters were called to the pier shortly before noon today (Thursday, May 17) after several residents dialled 999 when they saw smoke coming from the area of the pier.

They put it out, but the Pavilion Theatre, located directly above the small blaze, had to be temporarily evacuated until the smoke was cleared. Staff have now returned to work.

Anyone with information about the fire should contact Sussex Police on 101.