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October 11, 2023

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Luton Airport car park fire causes ‘structural collapse’

A fire broke out at a terminal car park in Luton Airport on Tuesday night (10 October), causing a significant area of the car park to collapse.

Over 100 firefighters tackled the blaze at Terminal 2 car park on Tuesday night, where all flights arriving and departing the UK’s fifth largest airport were suspended.

Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service (BFRS) said the structure had suffered a “significant structural collapse”, with half of the car park “fully involved in the fire”.

The fire was brought under control, according to the Service, around 08:45, with reports of the fire first starting 12 hours earlier, at 20:47 on Tuesday evening (10 October).

Fire Chief Andy Hopkinson told members of the press that he wasn’t aware of any sprinklers in the car park, when asked. The fire is thought to have started with a diesel-powered vehicle “and then that fire has quickly and rapidly spread”, Hopkinson added.

The East of England Ambulance service said that six firefighters and a member of airport staff are said to have been treated for smoke inhalation.

More than 150 flights which were due to land or take off from the airport had been cancelled.

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