If you put Sky News on .. CLICK FOR SKY NEWS HERE .. it's the top story too with a video which I found so sad. Someone said it's taken the heart out of Weston & I tend to agree.
Here's an account of what happened by THE GUARDIAN (Click link)
A huge fire has devastated the historic Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare today, sending plumes of black smoke billowing over the Bristol Channel.
The blaze, which began shortly before 7am, ravaged the seaward end of the partly-wooden Grade II-listed pier.
It began just before 7am, and within two hours the pavilion building on the 104-year-old structure had been almost completely destroyed.
The cause of the fire is currently unknown, and a spokeswoman for Avon fire and rescue service was unable to confirm whether it had been started deliberately.
Six fire engines and 30 firefighters battled the flames. Nobody is believed to have been injured in the blaze.
Dee Williams, the deputy manager of a Weston-super-Mare hotel, said the pier had become an "inferno".
"I am watching it now and I think it is going to collapse," she said. "It is an inferno. There will be no pier by tonight.
"It is part of our identity and would really affect trade if we were to lose it."
The Grand Pier, one of the last piers to be built in Britain, was completed in 1904 to cater for Edwardian holidaymakers.
The town's second pier, the 1867 Birnbeck, is derelict and closed off to visitors.
New owners had recently bought and refurbished the Grand Pier, adding facilities including a £500,000 indoor go-kart track.
Today was not the first time the building had been hit by fire.
A 2,000-seat pavilion where opera, music hall and ballet were staged, closed following a fire in 1930, with the pier reopening three years later