Security ramped up at fire damaged ACC Liverpool auto park

Security ramped up at fire damaged ACC Liverpool auto park

The multi-storey vehicle park at the Arena and Conventions Centre (ACC) was full of 1300 cars, all of which were totally destroyed in the blaze. Horses were evacuated from the burning building and the show's evening session was canceled.

The motor insurance industry paid out £33 million in claims every single day in 2016 but it is highly unusual to have so many vehicles destroyed at the same time at a single location.

The vehicle park, which sits opposite the Echo Arena, became engulfed in flames after a fire in a Land Rover spread throughout all floors of the building. Like fog outside and acrid smell!

Mayor Anderson told Heart an under-resourced fire service was a bigger issue, he said: "We only had two appliances that turned up initially. and two years ago there would have been eight".

A reception centre was set up for people unable to get home due to the fire and locals volunteered to take in or transport those left stranded.

"We believe that all vehicles parked in the auto park have been destroyed and advise owners to contact their insurance companies", Merseyside police said in a statement to the media.


"The flames were just shooting out of the engine and coming past the tyres", she said to the BBC. An accidental fire in one auto which spread to other vehicles is believed to have been the cause, according to police.

"It looked like a ball of fire on the front of the auto and it was producing a lot of smoke", she said. We just left everything in the vehicle, handbags, telephone, cash, and just went.

The fire reached temperatures of 1000 degrees C, and required 12 fire engines from neighbouring departments to bring it under control.

Merseyside chief fire officer Dan Stephens said the fire could have been stopped earlier if sprinklers had been fitted in the building.

Barbour said the incident shouldn't belie "what we achieved in the first five sessions of the show, and we will be back to do it again next December". The organizers said they had chose to cancel the show with "considerable regret". Despite the damage, an arena spokesperson confirmed all people and horses are safe and that "there were no injuries during this bad incident".

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