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Luton Airport car park collapses: all flights suspended until midday as fire ravages newly built site and five people are taken to hospital as explosions are heard and the Firefighters are fighting to stop the inferno from spreading.


All flights at London Luton Airport were suspended until midday after a fire broke out in one of its car parks, with the multi-storey building collapsing after being engulfed in flames and five people rushed to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service declared a major incident, with 15 fire engines on the ground and three planes battling to prevent what started as a suspected car fire from spreading to airside buildings.

Vehicle alarms and loud explosions were heard as cars were set alight one by one, with one witness describing the speed at which the fire tore through the upper level of the newly built car park as “incredible”.

The newly constructed car park at Luton Terminal 2 has partially collapsed, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed, as crews work to control the blaze.

Images of the inferno will no doubt worry British holidaymakers who left their vehicles at the airport before flying abroad, with video showing debris crashing onto cars.

Passengers expecting to take off from Luton will wake up to canceled flights, with easyJet saying “airlines are currently experiencing disruption to their flight schedules”.

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One witness described the speed at which the fire tore through the upper level of the car park as “incredible”.

A huge fireball was photographed as cars burst into flames, with onlookers claiming to have heard loud explosions.

A huge fireball was photographed as cars burst into flames, with onlookers claiming to have heard loud explosions.

Photos show the roof of the structure collapsing as flames tore through cars.

Photos show the roof of the structure collapsing as flames tore through cars.

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There are fears the huge blaze could spread to buildings on the air side, firefighters said as they battle the blaze.

The inferno will no doubt worry British holidaymakers who have left their vehicles at the airport before flying abroad.

The inferno will no doubt worry British holidaymakers who have left their vehicles at the airport before flying abroad.

Cars on the upper deck of the multi-story building were completely burned by the huge fire.

Cars on the upper deck of the multi-story building were completely burned by the huge fire.

Vehicle alarms and loud explosions could be heard, with one witness saying the speed at which the fire tore through the upper level of the car park was

Vehicle alarms and loud explosions could be heard, with one witness saying the speed at which the fire tore through the upper level of the car park was “incredible”.

Holidaymakers' flights were suspended until midday on Wednesday due to the gigantic fire.

Holidaymakers’ flights were suspended until midday on Wednesday due to the gigantic fire.

Cars were engulfed in flames after one was reported to have exploded during the short stay.

Cars were engulfed in flames after one was reported to have exploded during the short stay.

The newly constructed car park has partially collapsed, Beds Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed.

The newly constructed car park has partially collapsed, Beds Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed.

Firefighters and an airline official were taken to hospital as emergency services battled the blaze, which broke out at Luton Airport shortly before 9pm on Tuesday.

Five people were admitted to Luton and Dunstable hospitals for smoke inhalation and a sixth person was treated at the scene but did not require further medical attention.

Crews from Bedfordshire and neighboring counties urgently battled the fire, they said, “to prevent it from spreading to adjacent buildings and vehicles on the airside of the airport.

The short-lived building suffered a “significant structural collapse” and half of the structure was completely engulfed by the fire, firefighters said in a statement shortly after midnight.

Police and paramedics also attended the scene and local residents were warned to keep doors and windows closed and avoid the area.

Images posted on social media showed a fire ravaging cars parked at the airport terminal on Tuesday evening, with smoke billowing from the airport runway.

The fire raged into the early hours of Wednesday, with Beds Fire Services sharing an update shortly after midnight Tuesday, saying they were first alerted by calls at 8:47 p.m. Tuesday .

Russell Taylor, 41, an account manager at Kinross in Scotland, saw the flames above the car park as he arrived at Luton Airport from Edinburgh on Tuesday.

Russell Taylor, 41, an accounts manager at Kinross in Scotland, saw the flames after landing at Luton Airport from Edinburgh.

Russell Taylor, 41, an accounts manager at Kinross in Scotland, saw the flames after landing at Luton Airport from Edinburgh.

Smoke filled the air above the runway and all flights were suspended.

Smoke filled the air above the runway and all flights were suspended.

Police, firefighters and paramedics were on scene and five people were rushed to hospital.

Police, firefighters and paramedics were on scene and five people were rushed to hospital.

Travelers were seen being moved from the area as several fire trucks and emergency response vehicles arrived at the terminal.

Travelers were seen being moved from the area as several fire trucks and emergency response vehicles arrived at the terminal.

He said: “There were a few fire engines with a car on fire on the upper level of the car park just after 9pm.

“Minutes later, most of the upper floor was on fire, car alarms going off with loud explosions of burning cars.

“The speed at which the fire started was incredible.”

Eyewitness Molly Bullard described “frightening scenes” as the short stayer “exploded in flames”.

The airport said on X, formerly known as Twitter:

The airport said on X, formerly known as Twitter: “All flights are currently suspended as emergency services respond to a fire in the Terminal 2 car park.”

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Half of the parking lot was involved in the fire, firefighters said, and much of the structure was destroyed by the fire.

Half of the parking lot was involved in the fire, firefighters said, and much of the structure was destroyed by the fire.

She told X: “There is no transport to or from Luton Airport. Passengers are evacuated to travel on the sidewalk via the road underpass. All airport buses and vehicles are blocked by roadblocks.

An airport spokesperson wrote to X on Tuesday evening: “Emergency services are currently responding to a car fire in the Terminal 2 car park, limiting access to the airport.”

They then added shortly after 1am on Wednesday: “Emergency services continue to respond to a significant fire in the Terminal 2 car park, which has now resulted in a partial structural collapse.

“The safety of our passengers and staff remains our top priority. We have therefore made the decision to suspend all flights until 12 p.m. on Wednesday October 11.

“Passengers are advised not to travel to the airport at this time as access remains severely restricted.”

They urged passengers with questions regarding parked vehicles or future bookings to get in touch and passengers seeking flight information to speak to their airlines.

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