Smoke could be seen rising from the first floor of the terminal car park 2 with emergency services responding to the incident. 21:56, Tue, Oct 10, 2023 | UPDATED: 23:54, Tue, Oct 10, 2023
Multi-storey short stay car park goes up in flames at Luton airportA fire has broken out in a car park at Luton Airport in London sending flames shooting into the skyline.
Smoke could be seen rising from the first floor of the terminal car park 2 with emergency services responding to the incident.
London Luton Airport tweeted about the incident and said on X: “Emergency services are currently responding to a car fire in Terminal Car Park 2, restricting access to the airport.”
The airport urged people not to travel to the airport.
According to the reports, all the flights to the airport have been suspended. The access to London Luton Airport has also been restricted due to the fire.
The airport continued in its tweet: “All flights are currently suspended as emergency services respond to a fire in Terminal Car Park 2. Access to the airport is currently restricted and we ask that people do not travel to the airport at this time.”
Footage and images of the fire have emerged on social media, with one eyewitness describing the scene as “scary”.
Smoke rises from fire near London Luton Airport in UK (Image: Twitter/grahamt85)
Ambulance officials said six firefighters and one member of the public had been treated for smoke inhalation.
The East of England Ambulance Service said: “Ambulances are on-scene and more resources, including Hazardous Area Response Team are en route.”
Eyewitnesses said at around 11.30pm parts of the car park had collapsed under the heat of the blaze.
Russell Taylor, 41, who flew to Luton Airport from Edinburgh, said: “There were a couple of fire engines with a car ablaze on the upper floor of the car park at just after 9pm.
“A few minutes later most of the upper floor was alight, car alarms were going off with loud explosions from cars going up in flames.
“The speed in which the fire took hold was incredible.”
The airport’s website says the car park that is on fire is new. Bedfordshire Fire Service said around 80 percent of the third floor was on fire.
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