Liverpool: 'Ball of fire' destroyed about 1400 cars on New Year's Eve

13 January, 2018, 01:43 | Author: Martin Tyler
  • The group in Liverpool before the blaze broke out

By now you must have heard about the New Year's Eve blaze that gutted around 1,400 vehicles in Liverpool Echo Arena's multi-storey auto park.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called to the vehicle park at Kings Dock at 4.42pm and crews were on the scene at 4.50pm.

Police said an "accidental fire within a vehicle caused other cars to ignite", destroying all the vehicles left inside the carpark.

"Due to a serious fire in a multi-storey auto park near to the Echo Arena, and on advice from the emergency services, the show's final session will not proceed today".

"Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called at 4.42pm and crews were on the scene at 4.50pm".

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A reception centre has been set up nearby for people who are unable to get home.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said the council will take advice on any "lessons to be learned" over the blaze at the local authority-owned building, which was constructed in 2008.

"Public Health England say if you see smoke from the Liverpool Echo Arena auto park fire stay in, close all windows and doors and if difficulty breathing seek medical assistance. It looked like a ball of fire on the front of the auto".

The fire, that some rescue service officials claimed to be one of the worst they faced required over 20 fire engines to bring it under control.

All horses were evacuated from the venue in a safe and controlled manner.

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The area was evacuated along with some nearby apartments due to the smoke.

"One thing is for certain - had the building been sprinklered there is every chance that would have suppressed the fire sufficiently then for us to be able to go in and extinguish the fire without it spreading in the way that it did." he said.

"Please note that there is no access to the ACC Liverpool site".

"The fire is believed to involve a number of vehicles".

The four-day event was due to finish with Sunday evening's show where around 4,000 people were expected.

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