Arson suspected in damaged Hancock Co. fishing pier

Arson suspected in damaged Hancock Co. fishing pier
County supervisor Lisa Cowand says a portion of Dunbar Pier may reopen Friday morning. (Source: WLOX)
County supervisor Lisa Cowand says a portion of Dunbar Pier may reopen Friday morning. (Source: WLOX)

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Hancock County authorities suspect arson in an early morning fire that damaged the main pavilion on the Dunbar Public Fishing Pier in Bay St. Louis. Fire officials believe someone threw something flammable in a plastic garbage barrel on the pier.

A five to six foot section was burned out of the pier's decking, as well as one of the support pilings that holds up the pavilion. The pier was closed to the public Thursday, but county supervisor Lisa Cowand said a portion of it may reopen Friday morning.

Dunbar Pier was heavily damaged by Hurricane Isaac in 2012. It was restored thanks to efforts spearheaded by former 4th District Congressman Gene Taylor. The pier reopened in July 2013.

Dunbar Pier is one of the most heavily used public piers in Hancock County.

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