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Exploding car destroys 1,400 others in Liverpool car park

02 January 2018

Flames from an exploding car spread through all seven levels of the Liverpool Echo Arena multistorey car park in northern England on December 31, destroying 1,400 vehicles and causing at least £10 million worth of damage. Dan Stephens, chief fire officer at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, said the temperature of the blaze was between 800C and 1,000C.

Liverpool Echo Arena
Liverpool Echo Arena

Stephens said that given the intensity of the fire, the fact that there were no fatalities or injuries was a very good outcome.

He added: "I believe a sprinkler system would certainly have suppressed the fire, it would definitely have limited the spread and given us a much better opportunity to put the fire out before it spread to the extent it did.

The only vehicles still recognisable were those parked on the open-air top deck where the flames were less intense. Witnesses described grabbing possessions and running for their lives as the blaze quickly spread to nearby vehicles.

Motorists who had travelled to a horse show at the arena were left stranded and residents living nearby had to spend New Year's Eve in a temporary shelter as their apartments were evacuated.

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