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Luton Airport fire destroys hundreds of cars and causes significant structural collapse

All flights at Luton Airport were suspended until the afternoon after a huge fire ripped through a terminal car park on Tuesday (10 October) evening, causing significant structural damage and destroying hundreds of cars.


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The fire, which is believed to have been accidental, started in a vehicle shortly before 21:00 BST. It spread rapidly through the car park, which did not appear to have sprinklers.

At its peak, there were 15 fire engines, three specialist aerial appliances and more than 100 firefighters at the scene. They worked through the night to bring the fire under control, which was not achieved until around 07:00 BST on Wednesday morning.

Four firefighters and an airport staff member were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, but none of their injuries were serious.

The fire caused the car park to partially collapse, and it is estimated that up to 1,500 vehicles may have been damaged or destroyed.

Flights at the airport were suspended until 15:00 BST on Wednesday, but the airport said it hoped to resume operations as soon as possible.

Passengers with flights from Luton Airport are advised to contact their airline for the latest information.


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