Here's the latest on the Echo Arena Car Park Fire on NYE

13 January, 2018, 01:46 | Author: Barbara Daniel
  • The Liverpool International Horse Show was cancelled after a fire broke out in a nearby car park

A BLAZE that incinerated up to 1,600 vehicles in a multi-storey auto park could have been stopped if sprinklers had been fitted in the building, a fire chief said yesterday.

But the building had to be evacuated after a fire involving a number of vehicles was reported shortly after 4.30pm.

An accidental fire in one vehicle spread to others nearby, according to initial assessments by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS).

Authorities said that no one was believed to have been seriously injured.

In total, 12 fire engines were deployed to tackle the blaze, with crews from Greater Manchester and Lancashire assisting.

An global horse show, which had been scheduled to take place at the arena, was canceled but organizers said that all of the animals involved in the event were safe.

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

"If it had started 15 or 20 minutes later, we would all have been in our cars trying to get out of the multi-storey".

She said if the fire had started 15 minutes later, the auto park would have been full of people leaving the show.

"You could hear cars popping and exploding: every five or 10 seconds there was an explosion".

"The flames and the smoke was unbelievable", said 44-year-old Kevin Booth from Manchester who was visiting the venue with his family for the horse show.

Five minutes later, everyone was told to "basically get out" because of a fire in the multi-storey vehicle park, she said. "You don't expect to see that in front of you".

Liverpool's mayor Joe Anderson said the fire appeared to start in a Land Rover on the third storey.

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

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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