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Huge fire at Luton Airport rips through 1200 vehicle terminal car park

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Following a massive fire that destroyed a 1,200-vehicle parking lot at Terminal 2 and forced the closure of the airport and flight cancellations, firefighters are still on the scene at London-Luton Airport (LTN).

Just after 8:45 p.m. local time on October 10, 2023, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) first started receiving calls about a car fire on level three of the multi-storey parking garage.

Due to the severity of the fire and the potential risk to human life, the fire department declared a major incident at 9.38 p.m.

On October 11, 2023, Luton Airport issued the most recent update, informing travelers to avoid the airport and informing them that all flights would be suspended until at least 3 p.m.

“The safety of our passengers and staff remains our main priority. We have therefore taken the decision to suspend all flights until noon on Wednesday 11 October,” the airport said.

Firefighters are currently dousing down any remaining flames at the scene, according to BFRS.

Due to the fire’s severity, the building’s structure significantly collapsed, and all of the cars in the parking lot sustained damage as a result.

A member of the airport staff as well as four firefighters were transported to Luton and Dunstable Hospital, according to the East of England Ambulance Service, which was also on the scene of the fire. Another patient was treated on-site and discharged.

To put out the fire and safeguard the Luton DART, nearby structures, vehicles, and aircraft, firefighting operations were carried out.

Over 100 firefighters, three aerial appliances, and 15 rescue pumps were all on the scene at once.

 

 

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