Parking garage fire destroys hundreds of cars in UK

Ashley Carr
January 13, 2018

A blaze that destroyed 1,400 vehicles as it swept through a multistorey auto park on New Year's Eve could have been halted by sprinklers, a fire chief said.

Firefighters equipped with breathing equipment were still fighting the blaze six hours after they were called to the scene.

Stuart, who jointly runs a livery yard, explained: "We arrived early and went to a little restaurant for tea".

Dan Stephens, chief fire officer at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, said the temperature of the blaze was between 800C and 1,000C.

Former Liverpool and England global footballer Mark Wright and his wife, Sue, who were visiting the horse show, were forced to abandon their vehicle and fled along with the six children who were with them. We heard there was a vehicle park on fire, but had no idea until we got to the arena that it was where we'd parked.

"It would certainly have given us a far better chance to get sufficient water on the fire to put it out".

"We've lost everything because our auto was right next to the vehicle that exploded".

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"It was frightening. We could hear the bangs of auto windows exploding", he said.

"Had the auto park had sprinklers that would certainly have acted to suppress the fire", he said. The organizers said they had chose to cancel the show with "considerable regret".

Sky News' Gerard Tubb said there are reportedly around 1400 vehicles in the 16-hundred capacity carpark - which was filled by people attending the International Horse Show nearby.

They said: "All people and horses are safe and secure, and show organisers have thanked spectators, riders and support teams for their understanding and co-operation during this ongoing situation".

No-one has been seriously injured, it added.

She described how the horses were brought into the arena to keep them safe, including some that had been safely removed from the ground floor of the auto park.

Other reports by My Hot News

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