Luton Airport car park collapses: Fears for holidaymakers as all flights are suspended


All flights at London Luton Airport have been suspended after a fire broke out in one of its car parks, with the multi-storey caving in as it was engulfed by flames and five people rushed to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has declared a major incident, with 15 fire engines on the ground and three aircraft battling the blaze to stop it from spreading to air side buildings.

Cars have been decimated one by one in the huge inferno, with alarms and loud explosions ringing out as part of the building crashed down on top of holidaymakers’ vehicles.

Half of the structure was fully taken over by the fire, which was first reported before 9pm on Monday, and the building has suffered a significant structural collapse, the fire service said in an update just after midnight.

Crews from Bedfordshire and neighbouring counties have been urgently battling the blaze, they said, ‘to prevent it from spreading to adjacent buildings and vehicles on air side of the airport.’

Police and ambulance crews are also attending the scene and local residents have been warned to keep doors and windows closed and avoid the area. 

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A huge fireball was pictured as cars went up in flames, with onlookers saying they heard loud explosions

A huge fireball was pictured as cars went up in flames, with onlookers saying they heard loud explosions

Pictures show the roof of the structure caving in as flames ripped through cars

Pictures show the roof of the structure caving in as flames ripped through cars

There are fears that the huge inferno could spread to buildings air side, the fire service said as it battles the blaze

Cars on the top deck of the multi-storey have been left completely burnt out by the huge fire

Cars on the top deck of the multi-storey have been left completely burnt out by the huge fire

Vehicle alarms and loud explosions could be heard, with one witness saying the speed in which the blaze tore through the upper floor of the car park was 'incredible'

Vehicle alarms and loud explosions could be heard, with one witness saying the speed in which the blaze tore through the upper floor of the car park was ‘incredible’ 

Footage posted on social media shows fire tearing through cars parked at the airport terminal on Tuesday evening, with smoke billowing into the sky.

Vehicle alarms and loud explosions could be heard, with one witness saying the speed in which the blaze tore through the upper floor of the car park was ‘incredible’.

The blaze will no doubt cause worry for British travelers who left their vehicles at the airport before jetting off overseas. 

Cars were engulfed in flames after one reportedly exploded at the short stay

Cars were engulfed in flames after one reportedly exploded at the short stay

Smoke has been billowing into the air over the runway, with all flights suspended

Smoke has been billowing into the air over the runway, with all flights suspended

The fire has raged for over three hours, with Beds Fire service sharing an update just after midnight on Tuesday stating that they were first alerted by calls at 8.47pm on Monday.

The airport said on X, formerly known as Twitter: ‘All flights are currently suspended as emergency services respond to a fire in Terminal Car Park 2.

‘Access to the airport is currently restricted and we ask that people do not travel to the airport at this time.’ 

Russell Taylor, 41, an account director from Kinross in Scotland, saw the flames after flying in to Luton Airport from Edinburgh.

He said: ‘There were a couple of fire engines with a car ablaze on the upper floor of the car park at just after 9pm.

‘A few minutes later most of the upper floor was alight, car alarms were going off with loud explosions from cars going up in flames.

‘The speed in which the fire took hold was incredible.’

Eyewitness Molly Bullard described ‘scary scenes’ as the short stay was ‘exploding into flames’.

Russell Taylor, 41, an account director from Kinross in Scotland, saw the flames after flying in to Luton Airport from Edinburgh

Russell Taylor, 41, an account director from Kinross in Scotland, saw the flames after flying in to Luton Airport from Edinburgh

Travelers were seen being moved from the area as multiple fire engines and emergency response vehicles arrived at the terminal

Travelers were seen being moved from the area as multiple fire engines and emergency response vehicles arrived at the terminal

The airport said on X, formerly known as Twitter: 'All flights are currently suspended as emergency services respond to a fire in Terminal Car Park 2'

The airport said on X, formerly known as Twitter: ‘All flights are currently suspended as emergency services respond to a fire in Terminal Car Park 2’

Half of the car park was involved in the fire, firefighters said, with much of the structure left wrecked by the blaze

Half of the car park was involved in the fire, firefighters said, with much of the structure left wrecked by the blaze

She said on X: ‘There is no transport in or out of Luton Airport. Passengers are being evacuated to walk on the footpath via the road underpass. All airport buses and vehicles are trapped by road blocks.’ 

Footage shows fires appearing to cover much of the roof of the multi-storey structure.

A spokesman for the airport wrote on X: ‘Emergency services are currently responding to a car fire in Terminal Car Park 2, restricting access to the airport.’

They later added: ‘All flights are currently suspended as emergency services respond to a fire in Terminal Car Park 2. 

‘Access to the airport is currently restricted and we ask that people do not travel to the airport at this time.’ 



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