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Pictures show Echo Arena fire devastation

Merseyside Fire and Rescue have released photographs of the aftermath of the blaze which destroyed 1,400 cars in a multi-storey car park in King’s Dock – next to the Liverpool Echo Arena – on New Year’s Eve.

The venue was forced to cancel the Liverpool International Horse Show and hundreds of people were left stranded overnight.

Liverpool City Council opened a reception centre at Lifestyles Gym for those unable to get home or needing temporary shelter. No one was hurt in the fire.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said there were lessons to be learned. He said:

If there’s things we can do to make the car parks safer, then that is exactly what we will do.

The fire is believed to have started as a single car fire which quickly spread to the rest of the car park. A spokesman for the arena said:

We are sorry to customers who were due to attend the evening performance of the Liverpool International Horse Show, which was cancelled as a result of the fire, as well as those people whose vehicles were in the car park and who have been affected by this situation. We ask for everyone’s patience and understanding while investigations continue.

We are extremely thankful to the emergency services for their efforts. We would also like to thank the people who kindly provided transport for customers to enable them to travel home, as well as Liverpool City Council for establishing a relief centre for those needing shelter.

Images course of Merseyside Fire and Rescue