About 1,400 vehicles have been destroyed as a fire engulfed a multi-storey car park next to the Echo Arena in Liverpool, U.K. The fire raged for several hours overnight on New Year's Eve. It was an inferno. Surrounding buildings were evacuated as a precaution.
"Anyone with a lung condition or asthma should stay in or seek medical help if breathing difficult," Merseyside Police warned Traffic restrictions were put in place. There were 21 fire engines at the scene. Police confirmed there were fears the building may collapse entirely. The huge blaze forced organizers to cancel the Liverpool International Horse Show. The arena was not evacuated. The area has a capacity of 1,600 cars.
People on Echo Arena
Liverpool's mayor, Joe Anderson, said the blaze started in a Land Rover on the third level of the multi-storey car park. About 80 horses inside the car park , which were on a lower level, were moved to safety, into the arena. The fire was accidental, Merseyside Police said. No one has been seriously injured. A reception center has been set up nearby for people who are unable to get home. The four-day Liverpool international horse show had been due to finish with Sunday evening’s show. On the event’s Facebook page, its organizers said they had decided with “considerable regret” to cancel the show because of the fire. About 4,000 people were expected for the show.