In a shocking turn of events, Luton Airport has been forced to suspend all flights and restrict access to the airport due to a massive fire engulfing one of its car parks. The incident, which occurred on Tuesday evening, was captured on social media, showing flames and smoke tearing through the cars parked in the terminal. The speed at which the blaze spread through the upper floor of the parking structure was described as “incredible” by witnesses.
Emergency services, including the Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service, quickly responded to the scene. Ten fire engines were dispatched to tackle the fire, which has impacted approximately 80% of the third floor of the car park. The East of England Ambulance Service also attended, treating one member of the public and six firefighters for smoke inhalation.
Passengers have been advised by Luton Airport to refrain from traveling to the airport and to contact their respective airlines for information regarding their flights. The airport has faced significant disruption as a result of this incident, and it is unclear when normal operations will resume.
This unfortunate event serves as a reminder of the importance of fire safety measures in public spaces. Car park fires can be particularly challenging to control due to the highly flammable nature of vehicles and the potential for rapid fire spread. Adequate fire prevention systems, such as sprinklers and smoke alarms, coupled with regular maintenance and training, are crucial in preventing and mitigating such incidents.
We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.
Q: How did the fire at Luton Airport start?
A: The cause of the fire is currently unknown and under investigation.
Q: Were there any injuries reported?
A: One member of the public and six firefighters suffered from smoke inhalation and received medical treatment.
Q: Is Luton Airport completely closed?
A: Yes, the airport has temporarily suspended all flights and restricted access until further notice. Passengers should contact their airlines for flight information.
Q: When will the airport reopen?
A: It is unclear at this point when normal operations will resume. Updates will be provided as the situation develops.