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Hundreds of vehicles gutted in parking garage blaze in Liverpool, UK

13 Января 2018

No injuries were reported.

Liverpool's mayor, Joe Anderson, said the blaze started in a Land Rover on the third level of the multi-storey auto park - and police believe this caused other vehicles to ignite.

"A cordon remains in place around the auto park and people are asked to avoid the immediate location and not to attend to make any enquiries about vehicles".

People had to leave their cars behind and flee, as 4,000 spectators were evacuated as the final event of the Liverpool International Horse Show was abandoned at Echo Arena.

The horses were moved to safety inside the arena.

French show jumper Daniel Delsart was supposed to be competing in a show.

"I'm just so glad no horses or people were injured or killed".

The Liverpool International Horse Show was being held at the arena in the city centre on Sunday.

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

An old Land Rover with its engine on fire is thought by firefighters to be the source of the blaze. Although crews attended within eight minutes of the alarm, the flames spread so quickly they were not able to control the blaze, he added. They were coming past the tires. "It looked like a ball of fire on the front of the auto and it was producing a lot of smoke".

Chief Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Officer Dan Stephens said tightened budgets meant large fires presented huge challenges.

Many staying in the nearby apartments have been evacuated and people have been asked to be prepared for a possible building collapse.

Liverpool's mayor, Joe Anderson, said the fire started in a Land Rover and police believe this caused other vehicles to ignite.

Five minutes later, everyone was told to "basically get out" because of a fire in the multi-storey auto park, she said.

Liverpool City Council announced it had opened a reception center nearby for anyone unable to get home or in need of temporary shelter.

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Hundreds of vehicles gutted in parking garage blaze in Liverpool, UK