Luton Airport fire LIVE: All flights suspended as firefighters tackle huge car park blaze and multi-storey structure COLLAPSES – with five taken to hospital
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Five people taken to hospital
Four firefighters and a member of airport staff were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and another firefighter was treated at the scene.
Many forced to sleep in hotel reception following disruption
Passengers and even airline staff frantically tried to book hotel rooms so that they’d have somewhere to sleep for the night, but with most at full capacity, many had to sleep in reception.
Police urge people not to travel to the area
Hundreds of cars badly damaged by the blaze
Pictures show how a host of vehicles have been charred and covered in debris following the blaze.
Luton Airport confirms no flights until 3pm and urges passengers to stay away
Luton Airport confirms all flights are now suspended until 3pm, having earlier said services would be cancelled until noon.
Shocking video shows flames engulfing car park
The fire service said up to 1,200 vehicles may have been in the car park at the time of the fire and subsequently damaged, with pictures showing many charred and covered in debris.
For those who had not already made their way to Luton, they are waking up to the prospect of hours of delays too, with no flights before 3pm, and the airport urging passengers to contact their airline for the latest information.
Last night, vehicle alarms and loud explosions were heard as cars were burned through one by one, with a witness describing the speed in which the blaze tore through the newly-built car park’s upper floor as ‘incredible’.
Massive car park fire causes £20m structure to collapse with all flights cancelled until 3pm
A car park collapse at London Luton Airport damaging as many as 1,200 vehicles has caused chaos today, with all flights cancelled until 3pm and several people rushed to hospital following a huge fire.
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service continues to battle the inferno at the airport’s £20m Terminal Car Park 2 this morning, more than nine hours after the multi-storey was engulfed by flames and caved in just before 9pm last night.
A post by the airport last night suggested the fire started in a single car, but did not give further details.
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