Car park partially collapses due fire at London Luton Airport

Fire in carpark at London Luton Airport.
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Emergency services have continued to fight a fire in a Terminal car park at London Luton Airport through the early hours of the morning on Wednesday 11 October.

Luton Airport Terminal 2

The fire, which broke out in the Terminal 2 car park at London Luton Airport (LTN), resulted in a partial structural collapse.

As a result, flights remain suspended until 12.00pm local time on Wednesday 11 October according to updates which have continued through the early hours of the morning.

The fire first broke out in the multi-storey car park facility on Tuesday evening, with the airport issuing its first warning advisory at 10.40pm.


Major incident declared

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service have continued to provide updates, saying that first calls for assistance were received by them at 8:47pm.

According to subsequent reports by the local emergency service, the situation was subsequently declared as a major incident:

“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.”

No casualties have been reported as a result of the incident, but according to a statement made on social media by the East England Ambulance Service, some individuals were affected by smoke inhalation.

“Critical incident now stood down, but we remain on-scene to support fire & rescue colleagues. 4 firefighters and 1 member of airport staff taken to Luton & Dunstable Hospital. 1 other patient discharged at-scene,” the East England Ambulance Service reported on social med in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Firefighting efforts continue

As of this morning, firefighting efforts have continued at the Terminal 2 car park facility. Members of the public have been advised to not to travel to the airport as access remains severely restricted as a result.

Hundreds of cars have now been destroyed in the ensuing blaze, and early indications suggest the cause was a car fire which then spread through the facility.

Update 09:15 BST

London Luton Airport have provided a further status update this morning, advising that flight suspensions have now been extended through to 3.00pm local time.

Update 14:00 BST

Following the fire in Terminal Car Park 2, passengers are now re-entering the Terminal and the first flight departures from London Luton are expected at 15:00 local time.

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