Weston Grand Pier legal action against alarm firm ends

Fire at Weston pier in 2008
Image caption The fire in 2008 destroyed the pavilion at the Grand Pier in Weston

The owners of a pier which was devastated by a fire in 2008 have reached an out-of-court settlement with an alarm monitoring company.

The pavilion of the Grand Pier, in Weston-super-Mare, was destroyed in the blaze which was started by an electrical fault.

The pier's managers said the first alarm went off at 01:35 but no 999 calls were made until 07:00.

Essex-based Yeoman Monitoring Services was unavailable for comment.

The details of the settlement have not been revealed.

A pier spokesman said: "Yeoman Monitoring Services Limited has reached an out-of-court settlement with Grand Pier Limited to end their involvement in the court proceedings with no admissions of liability made."

Legal action against a second firm, System 2 Security, is due to be heard at Bristol Mercantile Court in November.

A spokesman for System 2 Security said it would not be seeking a settlement and said its monitoring equipment at the pier worked.

The pier reopened in 2010 after undergoing a £39m refit which saw the pavilion rebuilt.

The Grade II-listed structure first opened in 1904 and the original pavilion was destroyed in another fire in 1930.

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