THE blaze which closed Luton Airport last week was declared a ‘major incident’ just an hour after the first 999 calls came through. It’s lucky that it was not a catastrophe.
The fire started at about 8.45pm on Tuesday October 10 in a multi-storey car park. By the time the fire service got there ten minutes later, it had already spread out of control. According to the local fire chief, when his crews arrived they were faced with ‘a rapidly developing and escalating fire, involving a large number of vehicles spread across a number of floors’.
About 1,500 cars were parked there at the time, and it is unlikely any will be salvageable.
It is reported that the fire started in a Range Rover diesel, but it is abundantly clear that the rapid spread of the fire, and the multiple explosions, could have bee n due only to one or more electric cars (EVs) catching fire.
These two video footages give some idea of the ferocity of the fire. In the first, you can see and hear one of the blasts, while the second shows how one of the ceilings collapsed with burning wreckage falling through
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