Liverpool car park blaze destroys hundreds of cars on New Year's Eve

Reuters

Posted at Jan 01 2018 08:45 AM

Cars are seen on fire during a serious blaze in a multi-storey car park in Liverpool, Britain, December 31, 2017. Phil Noble, Reuters

LIVERPOOL, England - Firefighters in the northern English city of Liverpool were battling a huge fire at a car park on Sunday that destroyed hundreds of vehicles and prompted the evacuation of multiple buildings in the surrounding area.

Police said all cars inside the multi-level Kings Dock car park, which has a capacity of 1,600 vehicles, had been destroyed, and owners should contact their insurance companies.

An international horse show that had been scheduled to take place at the Liverpool Echo Arena, next to the car park, was cancelled. Organisers said all people and horses involved were safe.

The Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said initial investigations indicated that an accidental fire within one vehicle had caused others to ignite.

Firefighters equipped with breathing equipment were still fighting the blaze 6 hours after they were called to the scene.

Liverpool City Council opened a reception center for people who were unable to get home because of the blaze.

The city's mayor, Joe Anderson, visited the scene, which he described on Twitter as a major incident.

"The people of Liverpool never let us down with their generosity and everyone has now been accommodated or given a lift. A big thank you to everyone who called to offer help," he said.