Huge blaze rips through Luton Airport terminal car park

10 October 2023, 21:55 | Updated: 11 October 2023, 08:31

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Emergency services are at the scene
Emergency services are at the scene. Picture: social media
Kieran Kelly

By Kieran Kelly

Flights at Luton Airport were suspended on Wednesday after a huge fire broke out in a terminal car park.

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The blaze ripped through the airport's terminal two car park.

Luton Airport has since confirmed that all flights are suspended until Wednesday afternoon.

A spokesman said last night: “All flights are currently suspended as emergency services respond to a fire in Terminal Car Park 2.

“Access to the airport is restricted and we ask that people do not travel to the airport at this time.”

Video footage posted online showed the huge blaze on the top floor of the car park.

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Bedfordshire fire service said 80 per cent of the car park's third floor was affected.

A spokesperson for the force said: "We are currently in attendance at a significant fire in a multi-storey car park involving numerous cars in Terminal Car Park 2 at Luton Airport.

"First calls were received at 2047.

"We have 15 fire appliances, and three specialist aerial appliances from across the county and surrounding counties in attendance and this has been declared a major incident by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

"One half of the structure is fully involved in fire and the building has suffered a significant structural collapse.

"Fire crews are working to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to adjacent buildings and vehicles on air side of the airport.

"Police and ambulance are in attendance.

"Local residents are advised to close windows and doors and avoid the area."

The cause of the blaze is yet to be determined.