Cause of car park inferno that damaged 1,500 vehicles revealed

The reason for an enormous blaze at London’s Luton Airport that broken as much as 1,500 automobiles and sparked journey chaos has been revealed.

Greater than 100 firefighters battled by the night time to extinguish the automotive park inferno, which has left 1000’s of passengers affected by diversion and cancellations.

With flights set to be disrupted for a lot of the day, Bedfordshire Fireplace and Rescue Service has now revealed the reason for the blaze was a diesel automotive.

“We don’t consider it was an electrical car,” Andrew Hopkinson, chief hearth officer for Bedfordshire Fireplace and Rescue Service, mentioned.

“It’s believed to be diesel-powered, at this stage all topic to verification. After which that fireplace has rapidly and quickly unfold.”

As much as 1,500 automobiles could have been within the automotive park on the time of the hearth and subsequently broken and the airport has suspended all flights till 3pm on Wednesday.

Firefighters battled by the night time to convey the automotive park hearth below management (PA)

The newly constructed automotive park constructing on the airport’s Terminal 2 partially collapsed after the hearth broke out at round 9pm.

The fireplace was on the third flooring of the terminal automotive park two and a serious incident was declared at 9.38pm.

Talking to reporters on the scene, he mentioned: “On arrival my officers had been confronted with a extreme and quickly spreading hearth involving a lot of automobiles that finally unfold to a number of flooring and concerned a partial collapse of the automotive park.”

AA technical professional Greg Carter mentioned the most typical explanation for automotive fires is {an electrical} fault with the 12-volt battery system.

He added that diesel is “a lot much less flammable” than petrol, and in a automotive it takes “intense stress or sustained flame” to ignite diesel.

There have been no studies of accidents to members of the general public, however 5 folks – 4 firefighters and an airline official – had been handled in hospital.

Between 40,000 and 50,000 passengers are considered affected by 273 suspended, cancelled or diverted flights.

Aftermath of the blaze which damaged up to 1,500 cars (PA Wire)

Aftermath of the blaze which broken as much as 1,500 automobiles (PA Wire)

The fireplace service posted on Twitter/X: “The fireplace service have now scaled again at Luton Airport and that is not a serious incident. Quite a lot of companies have been launched from the scene and we proceed to work with colleagues from the airport and police.”

They added that the hearth service would proceed to be on the scene for the remainder of the day after extinguishing the hearth on Wednesday morning.

Mr Hopskinson additionally revealed to reporters on the scene that there have been no sprinklers within the automotive park.

He mentioned: “We’re already speaking to the airport about making certain that any future, and the prevailing, automotive parks have sprinklers fitted as a result of this constructing will not be sprinkler protected.

“Sprinklers could have made a optimistic influence on this incident.”



Folks with automobiles affected have been suggested to consult with the Luton Airport web site for additional data.

Mr Hopkinson informed reporters {that a} ramp is being put in “into the unaffected automotive park as a result of the conventional exit route will not be protected to take automobiles out”.

He went on: “We’ve at present obtained 4 hearth home equipment and a few different specialist crews however we’re very a lot targeted on getting a handover and getting this airport open as rapidly as we are able to.”

He added: “There’s a substantial quantity that aren’t broken and our focus as nicely is can we take away these automobiles safely with out inflicting any hazard to the responders?”

Passengers wait at Luton Airport after flights cancelled until Wednesday afternoon (Simon Calder)

Passengers wait at Luton Airport after flights cancelled till Wednesday afternoon (Simon Calder)

Officers have confirmed to The Impartial that arrivals and departures will resume at Luton airport at 3pm. By that stage 120 outbound flights are prone to have been cancelled – although some airways could maintain earlier flights to depart after operations begin up.

A short lived drop-off zone will likely be put in on the mid-term automotive park, near the Vacation Inn Specific, a 10-minute stroll from the airport terminal. Buses could present a shuttle service.

The Impartial understands that airways reminiscent of Ryanair and Wizz Air will despatch plane to Luton forward of the 3pm reopening.

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