31.12.17 Liverpool Echo Arena car park fire


Six dogs rescued from Liverpool multi-storey car park gutted by fire

The dogs are thought to have been left in the vehicles while their owners attended the Liverpool international horse show at the neighbouring Echo Arena.

Fire fighters rescued the animals after extinguishing the “ferocious” fire which whipped through the car park in Kings Dock on New Year’s Eve.

The horse show was cancelled and area evacuated but no one was injured as fire fighters tackled blaze at Liverpool Echo Arena

The huge fire at the multi-storey car park on Liverpool’s waterfront has destroyed all the vehicles in the 1,600 car capacity building. 

The car park is next to the Echo Arena, which was hosting an international horse show. The fire led to the animals being evacuated and to the cancellation of the show’s evening session, scheduled to start at 7.30pm.

Merseyside police stated: Initial investigations indicate that an accidental fire within a vehicle caused other cars to ignite.  We believe that all vehicles parked in the car park have been destroyed. 

No one has been seriously injured, the force said.  It was also reported that no animals were hurt. 

Six fire engines were initially in attendance and crews wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire, Merseyside fire and rescue service stated. 

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

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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