Blaze destroys 1400 cars at Liverpool parking garage

Blaze destroys 1400 cars at Liverpool parking garage

Luckily, the fire that engulfed a multi-storey Echo Arena auto park in Liverpool did not cause any human casualty.

The show is popular among horse enthusiasts from Cumbria, and among those there on Sunday night was Stuart Graves and his friends and family.

Residents living in apartments nearby and tourists staying in hotels were also forced to evacuate, as 12 fire engines and aerial ladders were scrambled to the scene at around 4.42pm on New Year's Eve. "We just grabbed the keys and ran".

Crews would have had a "much better" chance of stopping the fire, said Dan Stephens, of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS).

Photo of major fire near the Liverpool International Horse Show, posted on Twitter by Liverpool Council.

"There was no-where to sit, we couldnt get anything to eat or drink, so we left and finally found our way to the Pullman where horse riding friends were".

"We came out and could smell burning and fire".

"Had the vehicle park had sprinklers that would certainly have acted to suppress the fire", he said.

Sprinklers could have stopped the blaze said Merseyside’s chief fire officer
Sprinklers could have stopped the blaze said Merseyside’s chief fire officer Peter Byrne Press Association

"The actual place was just on fire, you could hear the cars exploding, you could hear the vehicle alarms going off everywhere".

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

Show-goers posted online that the show was swiftly cancelled, and visitors and animals were evacuated.

The fire broke out late Sunday afternoon at the vehicle park located next to the Echo Arena, hours before an worldwide horse show. Organizers said all people and horses involved were safe.

"The people of Liverpool never let us down with their generosity and everyone has now been accommodated or given a lift", Anderson said.

No-one has been seriously injured, it added.

Organizers confirmed all horses were safe following the incident while Aintree International Equestrian Center opened its stables overnight for horses in need of accommodation.

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