Fire destroys 1600 cars as auto park had no sprinklers

Horse show evacuated after 'major fire at car park'

BREAKING NEWS: Horses evacuated after fire breaks out in multi-storey car park next to Liverpool Arena during equestrian show

Horses were evacuated from an equestrian show after a fire broke out in a multi-storey auto park next to Liverpool's Echo Arena.

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.

Motorists abandoned their cars and fled along with 4,000 people who were evacuated after the final event of the Liverpool International Horse Show was called off at the Echo Arena.

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

Wright said cars were "just popping every couple of seconds".

"The flames and the smoke was unbelievable" Mr Booth said.

"The noise of the cars exploding was like a war zone".

"People were saying that they would just wait and get their cars back".

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

The blaze that ripped through the a multi-storey auto park next to the Echo Arena is thought to have been accidental. "You don't expect to see that in front of you".

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

Similarly, authorities have advised affected vehicle owners to contact their insurers and cite "incident number 650" of December 31. A reception centre has been set up for people who are unable to get home.

"Bottom line is, this is something we will look at - we will take his advice and other people's advice, and if there's things we can do to make the vehicle parks more safer then that is exactly what we will do".

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

They added: "Thank you for your patience and cooperation while emergency services continue to deal with this incident".

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