Parking garage fire destroys hundreds of cars in UK

Emergency services attend the scene of a fire at a multi-storey car park on Liverpool's waterfront north west England Sunday Dec. 31 2017. Witnesses said cars seemed to explode every couple of seconds when the fire was at its peak. They said the

The blaze - which broke out on New Year's Eve in a vehicle park near Liverpool's Echo Arena - incinerated up to 1,600 cars leaving many people stranded in the city overnight. None were injured - human or horse.

"It was all insignificant as long as everyone was OK and we could get the horses out".

Eighty animals that were stabled on the ground floor of the vehicle park were evacuated in time.

Owners of the destroyed vehicles should contact their insurance companies, Merseyside police said.

Hundreds of cars were destroyed in the blaze, which gutted the vehicle park on Liverpool's waterfront.

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Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service/PA Temperates reached 1,000C during the blaze.

Mr Prattey added: "We are sorry to customers who were due to attend the evening performance of the Liverpool International Horse Show, which was cancelled as a result of the fire, as well as those people whose vehicles were in the auto park and who have been affected by this bad situation".

Ticket holders are being refunded.

Writing to the government, Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson urged Minister Nick Hurd, with responsibility for fire services, to re-evaluate current building regulations in an attempt to ensure something like this does not happen again, including the provision of sprinklers. "They've worked hard to help everyone they can who has been affected by last night's fire, giving up their NYE". Horses were evacuated from the burning building and the show's evening session was canceled.

Hoardings are set to go around the building from this weekend, following the devastating blaze on New Year's Eve.

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Sunday's evening session was the final event in the horse show.

ACC Liverpool told Pollstar in a statement that its events program will proceed as planned at Echo Arena.

They include Celebrating Sgt Pepper on 13 January to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of the arena.

"We believe that all vehicles parked in the auto park have been destroyed and advise owners to contact their insurance companies", Merseyside police said in a statement to the media.

It said it was looking at alternative parking for its forthcoming events.

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"We ask for everyone's patience and understanding while we work through these plans", he said.

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