Published: Tue, January 02, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Footage shows the aftermath from the Echo Arena auto park fire

Footage shows the aftermath from the Echo Arena auto park fire

The final event of the Liverpool International Horse Show at the Echo Arena was cancelled after the fire spread rapidly from a Land Rover in the neighbouring seven-storey vehicle park.

Crowds were gathering for the final evening of the four-day Liverpool International Horse Show when the alarm was raised at about 4.40pm.

The horses were moved to safety inside the arena. The charred remains of ruined vehicles were visible in the seven stories of the parking garage.

The show has been cancelled, though no injuries have been reported.

Police said an "accidental fire within a vehicle caused other cars to ignite", destroying all the vehicles left inside the carpark. They are believed to have been the only animals inside cars at the time.

"All people and horses are safe and secure".

Witness Sue Wright told the Press Association she saw an old Land Rover's engine on fire on level three.

Firefighters worked into the night trying to control the blaze, which began yesterday afternoon.

Witnesses saw multiple fire engines and police cars rushing towards the arena, and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that six engines were at the scene. It looked like a ball of fire on the front of the auto and it was producing a lot of smoke.

"I saw one vehicle on fire but it was clear it was ferocious and spreading".

The area was evacuated along with some apartments nearby due to smoke billowing from the blaze.

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