Pictures show destruction caused by massive Liverpool auto park blaze

Pictures show destruction caused by massive Liverpool auto park blaze

Pictures show destruction caused by massive Liverpool auto park blaze

The organisers of the Liverpool International Horse Show have regrettably informed that this evening's programme as well as the New Years celebrations, will not go ahead due to a fire in the multi-storey vehicle park.

According to Merseyside Police, initial probes showed that an accidental fire within one vehicle caused the others to ignite within the 1,600-capacity parking facility.

The blaze destroyed hundreds of vehicles on New Year's Eve.

Nobody has been seriously injured in the blaze, the local Merseyside Police said, while all horses are accounted for.

Crews were first called to the auto park at 4.42pm and were on scene eight minutes later. We would also like to thank the people who kindly provided transport for customers to enable them to travel home, as well as Liverpool City Council for establishing a relief centre for those needing shelter.

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

Burnt out vehicles at the Liverpool Echo Arena car park

The Liverpool International Horse Show, taking place in the northwest English city's neighbouring 11,000-seater arena, was cancelled due to the fire, which broke out after dark on Sunday. We had been out for a meal and were returning to the Jury's Inn Hotel when we noticed fire engines outside the vehicle park and were told there was a small fire.

"It looked like a ball of fire on the front of the auto and it was producing a lot of smoke", she said.

Nearby apartments and other buildings in the area also had to be evacuated as a precaution due to smoke billowing from the auto park close to the venue.

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

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.

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.

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