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Liverpool auto park fire: Insurance payouts estimated at £20m

13 January 2018

Thousands of people were visiting the Liverpool International Horse Show at the ACC's Echo Arena at the time of the fire, and were stuck without transport over New Year's Eve after their cars were destroyed.

Emergency Services are advising anyone affected by the fire at Liverpool Echo Arena auto park to direct any vehicle enquiries to their insurance companies (quoting reference number 650 of December 31) and not to call the emergency services.

Eyewitness Sue Wright, who lost her vehicle in the fire, said she saw the Land Rover that is believed to have started the blaze.

Full story in tomorrow's Herald. The popular horse show was cancelled because of the fire, which was brought under control early Monday morning.

The horses were moved to safety inside the arena.

Eighty animals that were stabled on the ground floor of the auto park were evacuated in time.

There are still no reports of any injuries and no animals were hurt. Horses were evacuated from the burning building and the show's evening session was canceled.

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".

The mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, blamed the extensive damage on recent budget cuts to the fire service, saying that if more locally based engines had been able to attend the fire more quickly, the structure may have been saved.

"It was frightening. We could hear the bangs of vehicle windows exploding", he said. "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.

"If you see smoke from the Liverpool Echo Arena vehicle park fire then stay indoors, close all your windows and doors and if you have difficulty breathing seek medical assistance".

Residents living in apartments nearby and tourists staying in hotels were also forced to leave as 12 fire engines and aerial ladders were scrambled to the scene.

Liverpool auto park fire: Insurance payouts estimated at £20m