Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

The show goes on at Echo Arena following car park fire

Land Rover Fire Sparks Massive Blaze That Destroys 1400 Vehicles Liverpool Arena Fire: Photos Released Showing Damage Caused By Blaze
Conrad Doyle | 13 January, 2018, 00:46

New pictures from the scene show hundreds of cars are now just chunks of charred metal and a poster on the side of the building has completely melted. An accidental fire in one auto which spread to other vehicles is believed to have been the cause, according to police.

It is being treated as an "accidental ignition".

Rows of destroyed vehicles can be seen in the photographs released by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service on Tuesday.

The fire next to Liverpool's Echo Arena also threatened horses that were stabled in the garage for performances at the Liverpool International Horse Show.

"The flames and the smoke was unbelievable", said Kevin Booth, 44, who was heading to the horse show with his family.

Thankfully it seems the cars got the worst of it, with Merseyside Fire Service reporting no one was severely injured in the blaze.

Thick black smoke still billowng out of #EchoArena vehicle park and it's 3 in the morning, 10 hours after it started, still hearing loud explosions every few minutes from the auto park which is just a few hundred metres away behind my apartment!

Land Rover Fire Sparks Massive Blaze That Destroys 1400 Vehicles

The Echo Arena said all people and horses were safe.

The area was evacuated along with some nearby apartments due to the smoke. According to a report by the Liverpool Echo, Anderson described the circumstances as "extraordinary" and, thus, they should elicit an extraordinary response from motor insurance providers.

"It looked like a ball of fire on the front of the vehicle and it was producing a lot of smoke", she said.

James Morris, from Formby, was watching the Liverpool International Horse Show at the venue.

"We believe that all vehicles parked in the auto park have been destroyed and advise owners to contact their insurance companies", Merseyside police said in a statement to the media. I think it was a vehicle fire on the top floor.

"The Liverpool Waterfront Car Park is closed until further notice and so as part of our contingency plans we are looking at alternative parking arrangements for forthcoming events".

Mayor Anderson thanked the emergency services as well as the staff of ACC Liverpool.

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