Sprinklers call after Liverpool vehicle park inferno

Horse show evacuated after 'major fire at car park'

BREAKING NEWS: Horses evacuated after fire breaks out in multi-storey car park next to Liverpool Arena during equestrian show

A blaze has destroyed every vehicle left in a 1,600-capacity auto park serving the British city of Liverpool's indoor arena, police said on Monday.

The fire was first reported at about 4.40pm on New Year's Eve and firefighters arrived at the scene aboard 12 fire engines, working for hours over the night to try to tackle the blaze.

Stuart, who jointly runs a livery yard, explained: "We arrived early and went to a little restaurant for tea".

Investigators believe an accidental fire within one vehicle caused others to ignite at around 5 p.m. local time (noon ET) on Sunday.

Victoria and Mark, who live near Oswestry, were in the city for the Liverpool International Horse Show.

"There was no-where to sit, we couldnt get anything to eat or drink, so we left and finally found our way to the Pullman where horse riding friends were". "We were in our minibus and one of the kids shouted, 'there's a fire!'"

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"We've lost everything because our auto was right next to the vehicle that exploded". The cancelled show would have drawn an estimated 4,000 spectators.

Wright said cars were "just popping every couple of seconds".

Fire services told local media a fire in a auto started the blaze, which went on to destroy an estimated 1400 in total. He ended up helping to evacuate some of the horses to keep them safe.

Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and Liverpool City Council have also issued a joint statement urging anyone with a vehicle affected by the fire not to ring emergency services "but to contact your insurance company quoting incident number 650 of 31 December". "All people and horses are safe and secure, and I thank spectators, riders and support teams for their understanding and co-operation during what was a hard situation", the show's president, Nina Barbour, said on Facebook.

No-one has been seriously injured, it added.

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