Liverpool vehicle park blaze to cost motor insurers £20mn: ABI

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The fire happened right next to Liverpool's Echo Arena, which was hosting the Liverpool International Horse Show at the time the fire started.

ACC Liverpool has confirmed that its events programme will proceed as planned following a serious fire in its vehicle park.

"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 situation", the venue says in a statement.

The fire was accidental but questions have been raised over whether a sprinkler system would have extinguished, or at least slowed-down the impact of the fire.

Owners of the destroyed vehicles should contact their insurance companies, Merseyside police said. If we had had those number of officers and appliances turn up, would we have been able to manage the situation rather than lose control of it, which we did.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service/PA The auto park on Liverpool's waterfront is expected to be demolished.

The chief officer at Merseyside Fire and Rescue, Dan Stephens, meanwhile said that tighter budgets made tackling a fire such as this one very hard.

Several horses set to appear in the show were led to safety from the ground floor.


"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.

The ABI said payments had already been made to some customers for vehicles and belongings lost in the fire. The blaze started Sunday afternoon.

"The flames were just shooting out of the engine and coming past the tyres", she said to the BBC.

The Echo Arena said all people and horses were safe.

"If you see smoke from the Liverpool Echo Arena vehicle park fire then stay indoors, close all your windows and doors and if you have difficulty breathing seek medical assistance".

Ultimately twelve engines and 85 firefighters were involved in combatting the blaze.

Nearby apartments were evacuated because of the heavy smoke.

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