The blaze which ripped through a car park at Luton Airport this week, leading to its partial collapse, has prompted safety warnings from fire industry experts.
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service received calls to a fire involving a car on level three of the multi-storey car park at London Luton Airport at 20:47 on 10 October and declared a major incident at 21:38.
Efforts are still ongoing to extinguish a serious fire at Luton Airport. We are continuing to protect surrounding airport infrastructure, vehicles and the Luton DART. For anyone whose travel plans may be affected, please refer to the advice being provided by London Luton Airport. pic.twitter.com/tNFo4hvRdX— Beds Fire and Rescue (@BedsFire) October 11, 2023
“A severe fire rapidly spread through the structure and the severity of the fire has caused significant structural collapse,” the service said in a statement.
Andrew Hopkinson, chief fire officer for Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said no sprinkler system was in the car park and that its presence “may have had a positive impact on this incident”.
The car park, which opened four years ago, is now likely to be demolished.
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said the initial vehicle involved in the fire was a diesel car and it believed that up to 1,200 vehicles may have been in the car park at the time of the fire.
“An investigation to determine the cause of the fire is underway,” it added.
A statement from the Fire Industry Association, which represents more than 1,000 fire protection companies, said it “reiterates the importance of robust fire safety measures, especially in densely populated and high-traffic areas, to mitigate the risks and impacts of fire incidents”.
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