Photographs of cars destroyed in Liverpool car park fire released
Photographs have been released which show the utter destruction caused by a huge inferno at a city centre car park in Liverpool that destroyed up to 1,600 vehicles.
The pictures reveal rows of burnt-out cars that were parked at the seven-storey building at the Liverpool Echo Arena which was engulfed by fire on New Year's Eve.
The fire started after a Land Rover burst into flames causing the fire to rage through the multi-story car park at 1,000 degrees centigrade.
The photographs of the catastrophic aftermath of the fire was captured and released by the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service showing the shells of the blackened vehicles.
The car park is expected to be demolished due to the severity of the fire and a cordon remains in place around the structure.
Motorists abandoned their cars and fled along with 4,000 people who were evacuated as the final event of the Liverpool International Horse Show was called off at the Echo Arena.
Nearby residents were evacuated and tourists staying in nearby hotels were also forced to leave as 12 fire engines and aerial ladders were scrambled to the scene.
The Merseyside chief fire officer said that the fire could have been stopped earlier if sprinklers had been fitted in the building.
The mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson said the council will take advice on any "lessons to be learned" over the fire at the local authority-owned building, which was constructed in 2008.