12.8.16. Boomtown Fair Fire: Car park blaze 'caused by cigarette'
A discarded cigarette was the likely cause of a fire which destroyed more than 80 cars at a music festival, investigators have found.
The blaze broke out in a car park at the Boomtown Fair Festival on Friday 12th August in the afternoon.
Fire scene investigators believe a lit cigarette sparked the huge fire when it ignited grass stubble around the parked vehicles.
More than 50,000 people attended the four-day event.
Organisers, who said they would begin moving the burnt-out wreckage off the site on Tuesday, are assisting those affected.
Spokeswoman Anna Wade said the main concern was that "anyone affected is safely and swiftly able to get home". She said festival goers had been helped to identify their cars and assist, make travel arrangements and contact insurers during the weekend.
Eighty-two cars were destroyed when fire took hold in the West Car Park near the festival site in Winchester, Hampshire.
The fire was tackled by festival safety staff before fire fighters from Hampshire Fire and Rescue arrived.
Steve Foye of Hampshire Fire and Rescue said it had been a "significant fire which developed very rapidly" in the stubble field.
"The crews responded very fast in preventing the fire spreading to the campsite area and stop it spreading to the large number of other cars in the car park.
"At this time of year the ground is much drier - we need people to think about how they behave and don't drop cigarettes." A campsite was evacuated as a precaution. No-one was injured.
Supt James Fulton of Hampshire Police said: "The fire on Friday was well handled with great assistance from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and plenty of support on site from the festival organisers for those affected."
Story collated by Liz Turnbull.
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