Firefighters spent hours battling a blaze that engulfed a multi-story car park at Luton Airport last week. The fire caused the airport to close for 18 hours and disrupted the travel plans of thousands of passengers.
Now, it has been revealed that all 1,405 vehicles that were parked in the car park at the time of the fire are likely to be destroyed. The structure of the car park has been so badly damaged that it will need to be demolished.
While the vehicles are unlikely to be salvageable, airport authorities say they are working with insurance companies to see if it is possible to safely retrieve any personal possessions that were left in the cars.
Details of the vehicles have been provided to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, which in turn has handed them on to individual insurance firms.
In a statement, the airport said:
“Regrettably, it is unlikely that any vehicles in the car park will be salvageable. However, this is still in the process of being assessed.
“We are working with the Association of British Insurers on behalf of the many insurance companies to establish whether it will be possible to safely retrieve any personal possessions and, if so, how this process may work.”