Is this the car that started the Luton airport car park fire? Moment Range Rover explodes before £20m multi-storey structure collapses – sparking travel chaos for up to 50,000 passengers

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This is the moment a Range Rover exploded at Luton Airport before a blaze that ripped through a car park and sparked travel chaos for thousands of passengers.

One hundred firefighters spent 12 hours battling the inferno at the airport’s Terminal Car Park Two when the £20million block was engulfed by flames and caved in just before 9pm last night. 

Up to 50,000 passengers are suffering disruption at the airport, which only reopened at 3pm this afternoon, as more than 140 flights were cancelled.

Five people were taken to hospital during the fire, which was finally extinguished this morning.  

Investigators believe the blaze was started when a diesel car suffered an electrical fault or leaking fuel line.

The fire then spread as a number of electric vehicles burst into flames in a domino effect, one firefighter suggested. As many as 1,500 vehicles are feared to have been damaged.

Dramatic footage on CCTV captured the moment the explosion erupted, as light fixtures crashed from the ceiling and a fireball soared through the building. The vehicle appears to be in the middle of the track used to get around the car park, rather than a designated space.

The car park, which opened in 2019 as part of a £20million modernisation drive, did not have sprinklers. One fire chief urged the airport to install them in existing and future car parks, adding that it ‘may have made a positive impact on this incident’.

He added that the building’s open sides meant the fire will have spread ‘horizontally’ before it went up through the structure. The inferno was so hot that the car park building is unsalvageable and will eventually be demolished, sources claimed.

The temperature of the flames soared well over the 600C (1,110F) that would destroy the building’s integrity, and one fire officer said it would have hit six million watts.

The contractor for the car park was Buckingham Construction, which went into administration last month with 500 jobs lost. Lancashire-based Raised Floor Solutions installed part of the floor system but had no design involvement.

It comes as devastated Britons told MailOnline how their cars went up in flames at the site – including one couple who had parked a new £48,000 Mercedes there.

Some are scrambling for parking spaces at different sites while several chain hotels including the local Marriott, Best Western and Hampton have sold out for tonight.

Did you see what happened at London Luton Airport or have you been affected by the chaos? Email tom.pyman@mailonline.co.uk

Shocking footage has emerged of a vehicle going up in flames at Luton Airport, before the huge inferno that caused a car park to collapse

Shocking footage has emerged of a vehicle going up in flames at Luton Airport, before the huge inferno that caused a car park to collapse

The charred remains of dozens of cars in the Luton Airport multi-storey following last night's devastating fire

The charred remains of dozens of cars in the Luton Airport multi-storey following last night’s devastating fire

Around 1,500 vehicles are thought to have been destroyed in the blaze

Around 1,500 vehicles are thought to have been destroyed in the blaze 

Liz and Gary Blackmore, of Loughborough, have revealed their new £48,000 Mercedes went up in flames

Liz and Gary Blackmore, of Loughborough, have revealed their new £48,000 Mercedes went up in flames

Passengers told of their cancelled flights now face a long walk to hotels or other forms of transport

Passengers told of their cancelled flights now face a long walk to hotels or other forms of transport

As many as 50,000 passengers faced disruption with more than 140 flights cancelled

As many as 50,000 passengers faced disruption with more than 140 flights cancelled 

Five people were taken to hospital during the fire, which was finally extinguished this morning

Five people were taken to hospital during the fire, which was finally extinguished this morning 

Luton's Terminal Car Park 2 opened in 2019 as part of a £20million modernisation drive

Luton’s Terminal Car Park 2 opened in 2019 as part of a £20million modernisation drive

A fire officer from London, who attended the scene in the early hours, said they could not now get inside the building to figure out the extent of the damage.

He said: ‘We can’t get close enough to see.

How have flights been affected by the fire at Luton Airport today? 

More than 140 flights at London Luton Airport have been cancelled so far today due to the fire, including 73 departures and 70 arrivals.

DEPARTURES CANCELLED – 73

  • 25 Wizz Air
  • 39 easyJet
  • 8 Ryanair
  • 1 Air Hamburg

ARRIVALS CANCELLED – 70 

  • 40 easyJet
  • 25 Wizz Air
  • 5 Ryanair

ARRIVALS DIVERTED – 11 

  • 3 to Stansted
  • 3 to Cardiff 
  • 2 to Manchester
  • 1 to Liverpool
  • 2 to Bristol
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‘It’s too dangerous, it will probably fall down on you, so they will probably do an insurance job and bring it all down.’  

Another officer, who would not be named, added that the loud bangs audible in videos circulated via social media would have been fuel tanks, tyres and EV tanks. 

The most common cause of car fires is an electrical fault with the 12-volt battery system, according to AA technical expert Greg Carter. He added that diesel is ‘much less flammable’ than petrol, and in a car it takes ‘intense pressure or sustained flame’ to ignite diesel.

As many as 50,000 people are suffering disruption as a result, according to travel expert Simon Calder, with some 240 flights set to be cancelled up to 3pm at least. Crowds of holidaymakers were left stranded in Luton this morning, with no way of getting home.

Transport from Luton Airport Parkway rail station has been cut, and the roads have been closed, forcing travellers to embark on an one-mile uphill walk with their luggage. 

Liz and Gary Blackmore had parked their £48,000 Mercedes on the top floor of the car park before heading off on holiday to Portugal.

Ms Blackmore told MailOnline: ‘We were returning yesterday evening and then suddenly the captain of the plane told us that we were diverting to Gatwick due to a large fire that has closed the airport.

‘We’re devastated. It was less than a year old and my daughter has taken the other car so now we’re left with no car. We’re horrified.’

She added that she wasn’t sure yet whether she’d be able to get any money back. 

‘This morning we heard people have been taken to hospital with smoke inhalation and injuries – we just hope they’re okay – you can replace the car but you can’t replace people.

‘It was confusing because we’re on our own – there was no help from anybody – we landed at nearly midnight and we had no assistance.

‘Also we didn’t know whether to go to Luton and pick up car – we didn’t know what to do, no one told us – we didn’t go because we’d seen the car park had collapsed so we didn’t bother going.’

Flames and smoke billow from the car park at Luton Airport last night

Flames and smoke billow from the car park at Luton Airport last night

Dramatic footage, caught on a CCTV camera, captures the moment an explosion erupts in the car park

Dramatic footage, caught on a CCTV camera, captures the moment an explosion erupts in the car park

Investigators believe the blaze was started when a diesel car suffered an electrical fault or leaking fuel line

Investigators believe the blaze was started when a diesel car suffered an electrical fault or leaking fuel line

A hundred firefighters spent 12 hours battling the blaze

A hundred firefighters spent 12 hours battling the blaze 

The inferno was so hot that the car park building is unsalvageable and will eventually be demolished, sources claimed

The inferno was so hot that the car park building is unsalvageable and will eventually be demolished, sources claimed 

Fire crews continued to work hard this morning as they battled the damage caused by last night's blaze

Fire crews continued to work hard this morning as they battled the damage caused by last night’s blaze

A fire engine at Luton Airport this morning after a huge fire which caused a car park to collapse

A fire engine at Luton Airport this morning after a huge fire which caused a car park to collapse

A charred section of a parking structure is seen after it caught fire and partially collapsed at London's Luton Airport

A charred section of a parking structure is seen after it caught fire and partially collapsed at London’s Luton Airport

A charred section of a parking structure is seen this morning after it caught fire and partially collapsed at London's Luton Airport

A charred section of a parking structure is seen this morning after it caught fire and partially collapsed at London’s Luton Airport

The aftermath of the devastating fire at Luton Airport's car park was seen this morning

The aftermath of the devastating fire at Luton Airport’s car park was seen this morning

Investigators continue to work at Luton Airport following the collapse of a car park last night

Investigators continue to work at Luton Airport following the collapse of a car park last night

A number of cars can be seen badly damaged after the car park collapsed

A number of cars can be seen badly damaged after the car park collapsed

A charred section of a parking structure is seen after it caught fire and partially collapsed at London's Luton Airport

A charred section of a parking structure is seen after it caught fire and partially collapsed at London’s Luton Airport

Firefighters gather as they continue to work on the Luton Airport car park this morning

Firefighters gather as they continue to work on the Luton Airport car park this morning

The scene at Luton Airport which has been closed after a fire ripped through a multi-storey car park, causing it to collapse

The scene at Luton Airport which has been closed after a fire ripped through a multi-storey car park, causing it to collapse

Tom Wiercinski, 42, flew back to Luton from Poland last night and landed around 9.30pm.

His Honda Civic was in the car park at the time and he feared the worst as he saw flames and smoke billowing into the air.

What are you rights if your flight is cancelled? Travel expert NICKY KELVIN reveals what airlines must provide

A number of flights have been suspended owing to a large fire at one of Luton Airport’s car parks overnight, causing a partial collapse of one of the buildings.

With a number of flight cancellations and delays expected today as a result, it’s important that travellers check their flights – by checking airport arrival and departure boards online and their specific airline’s website to ensure that their flight is still proceeding as normal.

It’s important to keep an eye on emails too – travellers are often given updates on cancellations here before anywhere else.

For an expert travel hack, I would recommend looking at Flight Radar 24 which allows users to track the exact aircraft that will be flying your route.

Travellers will then be able to see where there plane is and whether it has made it out of its previous destination. Knowing this information will help them to determine whether they will be encountering any delays ahead of your trip.

If you’re delayed for more than two hours on a short-haul flight, airlines must provide you with support such as food and drink and reimbursement for phone calls.

If you’re delayed overnight, they will provide you accommodation and transport to a hotel or home.

Usually if you arrive at your destination more than three hours late you are entitled to compensation, however as this is an air traffic control issue and out of the airlines’ control, this type of compensation will not be payable.

If your flight has been cancelled, the airline should find you a new flight if you elect for that option. You can also request that the airline gives you a flight on a rival provider if there’s a flight available that’s earlier than your original airline can offer.

You don’t have to travel with the same airline. The issue with this situation is that all airlines have been affected by these issues so trying to fly with different airlines may also not be possible.

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Mr Wiercinski told MailOnline: ‘I saw the fire as we were landing and I could see it was coming from the car park where I had my car.

‘I thought my car had been destroyed so as soon as I was out through arrivals I went to check.

‘It was in the ‘meet and greet’ section on the second floor and was away from the section where the fire broke out.

‘But I don’t know if there’s been any damage because I haven’t been allowed anywhere near it because of issues around buildings safety.

‘I live in Northamptonshire and so stayed overnight in the Ibis Hotel. I’m supposed to be at work but I’m having to do everything remotely.’ 

James Davison, 37, from St Albans, Hertfordshire was travelling back from Portugal with his partner, Sarah, 32, when they were diverted to Gatwick.

They had parked their £32,000 VW Tiguan in Car Prk 2 which they fear has been destroyed in the blaze.

James, an accountant said: ‘We haven’t been told for sure but we fear the car has gone. It’s devastating, what with the cost of the holiday it’ll cost a fortune.

‘We were due to land last night and the pilot just said that we had to divert. It cost us money just coming back here from Gatwick.’

Meanwhile, eight Polish passengers revealed how they been stranded for nine hours after their early morning flight from Luton Airport was cancelled.

Access to the Airport from the Luton Direct Air-Rail Transit has been closed, leaving passengers stuck at Luton Airport Parkway station.

One passenger is exercising at the station while his flight has been delayed for a ‘couple of hours’.

Nikodem Lesiak, 18, said he and seven other Polish university students are ‘tired’ as they have been stranded since 12 am after their 7:50 am flight to Krakow, Poland, was cancelled. The students have been in the UK for holiday for five days.

He said: ‘We are tired, and we have spent the whole night here. We need to get to Poland as fast as possible.

‘When we got here, we found out Luton is burning and everything is closed, and we were supposed to have our flight at 7:50 today but it was cancelled. We found another ticket to Poland from another city and then we have to take a coach to the city we live in.’

There next flight will be leaving at 12:40 pm, however Mr Lesiak said they are taking a ‘risk’ as their flight might again be cancelled.

Passengers and even airline staff frantically tried to book hotel rooms so that they’d have somewhere to sleep for the night, but with most at full capacity, many had to sleep in reception.

One couple revealed how they had to walk in the dark on a dual carriageway to get to their room.

Jackie Evans, from Portsmouth, whose flight with husband Robin from Naples to Luton was diverted to Stansted told the BBC: ‘We overheard they were putting on a shuttle bus but we had to sit on it for half an hour before it left and we were then dumped at Luton Airport Parkway.

‘We had to walk for half an hour in the dark on a dual carriageway to get to our hotel and we have only had two and a half hours sleep so we are completely shattered.’

Holiday Inn, Marriott, Hilton and Best Western hotels in the area are all sold out for tonight. 

Firefighters continue to work on making the car park safe this morning following last night's fire

Firefighters continue to work on making the car park safe this morning following last night’s fire

A worker approaches the car park at Luton which has been gutted by fire last night

A worker approaches the car park at Luton which has been gutted by fire last night

Emergency workers continue to work this morning to make the area safe following last night's blaze

Emergency workers continue to work this morning to make the area safe following last night’s blaze

The Blackmore family's Mercedes was less than a year old and was parked on the top floor of the carpark which went up in flames

The Blackmore family’s Mercedes was less than a year old and was parked on the top floor of the carpark which went up in flames 

A Polish family who came on holiday to London today told how they slept on the floor.

Gregorz Szmit, 46, said their flight to Gdansk should have departed at 9.50pm on Tuesday and is now scheduled to leave at 7.30pm on Wednesday.

Mr Szmit, speaking from the terminal building where he is waiting with his wife and their two sons aged seven and 15, said: ‘We were on holiday for five days to visit London – British Museum, Trafalgar Square.

READ MORE: Our new £48,000 Mercedes was destroyed in the Luton airport car park fire

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‘This is difficult, I must say. This is our first journey to England, to London. It’s been an adventure.’

Agnieske Szmit, 44, added: ‘We missed our work today, the children should be at school.’

She said they slept on the floor of the terminal building and on benches after their flight was cancelled on Tuesday evening.

‘They tried to evacuate us but they didn’t say where, just go outside and follow the crowds,’ she said.

‘The police in the night – it was cold outside.’

The chaos has also seen a frantic dash for parking spaces, with nearly 2,000 now out of action as a result of the fire. 

A check on Luton Airport’s website at about 9am today found there was no availability for parking on any of its official sites before Friday, October 27 – with a space at the Terminal 1 Car Park available for £138 for the week from that date.

The website, which had a wait time of eight minutes just to enter it this morning amid heightened demand, said the area is just a four-minute walk to the terminal, and is the closest car park to the terminal entrance.

The fire took place at the airport’s new Terminal Car Park 2 – and no spaces were listed on that site over the coming weeks and months, even when looking one year in advance.

Demand will now likely increase for rival operators such as Purple Parking and Airparks, for which the cheapest price available through both websites for a week from October 27 was £170 for a ‘meet-and-greet’ service.

Andrew Hopkinson, chief fire officer for Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said at around 10am this morning that the fire at Luton Airport has been ‘stood down from a major incident’.

He told reporters at the scene that a ramp is being installed ‘into the unaffected car park because the normal exit route is not safe to take vehicles out’.

He went on: ‘We’ve currently got four fire appliances and a couple of other specialist crews but we are very much focused on getting a handover and getting this airport open as quickly as we can.’

He said there are ‘just shy of 1,500’ vehicles in the affected car park, which charges £67.50 per day, with many appearing charred and covered in debris in pictures taken this morning.

He added: ‘There is a substantial number that are not damaged and our focus as well is can we remove those vehicles safely without causing any danger to the responders?’

The burnt out shells of cars, buried amongst debris of a multi-storey car park at Luton Airport

The burnt out shells of cars, buried amongst debris of a multi-storey car park at Luton Airport

How the charred car park appears this morning from the other side of London Luton Airport

How the charred car park appears this morning from the other side of London Luton Airport

There was also huge demand for parking this morning, with the airport's website introducing a queuing system, with desperate passengers having to wait several minutes to even browse the site

There was also huge demand for parking this morning, with the airport’s website introducing a queuing system, with desperate passengers having to wait several minutes to even browse the site

The damage caused by the fire to the car park at London Luton Airport last night

The damage caused by the fire to the car park at London Luton Airport last night

Emergency crews gather to discuss the incident which has caused disruption for thousands of people

Emergency crews gather to discuss the incident which has caused disruption for thousands of people

A pile of debris at the Luton Airport car park following last night's shocking fire

A pile of debris at the Luton Airport car park following last night’s shocking fire

Fire crews used a range of equipment before finally bringing the situation under control just before 9am

Fire crews used a range of equipment before finally bringing the situation under control just before 9am

Damage can be seen to the Terminal Car Park 2 structure at Luton Airport this morning

Damage can be seen to the Terminal Car Park 2 structure at Luton Airport this morning

The burnt out remains of the car park following a fire which shocked the nation on Tuesday

The burnt out remains of the car park following a fire which shocked the nation on Tuesday

The burnt out shells of cars, buried amongst debris of a multi-storey car park at Luton Airport, which has been closed with flights suspended until at least 3pm on Wednesday, after a fire ripped through the car park causing it to collapse

The burnt out shells of cars, buried amongst debris of a multi-storey car park at Luton Airport, which has been closed with flights suspended until at least 3pm on Wednesday, after a fire ripped through the car park causing it to collapse

The wreckage of dozens of cars is seen in the car park at Luton Airport this morning

The wreckage of dozens of cars is seen in the car park at Luton Airport this morning

Frustrated passengers wheel their luggage away from the airport with all flights cancelled

Frustrated passengers wheel their luggage away from the airport with all flights cancelled

The burnt out shells of cars, buried amongst debris of a multi-storey car park at Luton Airport

The burnt out shells of cars, buried amongst debris of a multi-storey car park at Luton Airport

The scene this morning following a fire at a multi-storey car park at Luton Airport

The scene this morning following a fire at a multi-storey car park at Luton Airport

The burnt out shells of cars, buried amongst debris of a multi-storey car park at Luton Airport

The burnt out shells of cars, buried amongst debris of a multi-storey car park at Luton Airport

The scene at Luton Airport which has been closed after a fire ripped through a multi-storey car park, causing it to collapse

The scene at Luton Airport which has been closed after a fire ripped through a multi-storey car park, causing it to collapse

Emergency crews respond to the collapsed car park at Luton Airport this morning

Emergency crews respond to the collapsed car park at Luton Airport this morning

A charred section of a parking structure is seen after it caught fire and partially collapsed at London's Luton Airport

A charred section of a parking structure is seen after it caught fire and partially collapsed at London’s Luton Airport

Mr Hopkinson also ruled out speculation that it was started by an electric vehicle.

‘It’s believed to be diesel-powered, at this stage all subject to verification. And then that fire has quickly and rapidly spread.’ 

Liam Smith, crew commander at Leighton Buzzard fire station, told the BBC there were ‘lots of electric vehicles potentially involved quite early on’, though the fire started in a diesel car.

‘We decided to go defensive, which is basically where we decide to externally firefight rather than send firefighters in, for their safety as well.

‘The cars were parked very close, next to each other. So unfortunately that was probably the reason for the rapid fire spread.’

For those who had not already made their way to Luton, they were waking up to the prospect of hours of delays too, with no flights before 3pm, and the airport urging passengers to contact their airline for the latest information.

READ MORE: Is YOUR flight affected by the London Luton car park fire? What you need to know after huge inferno that caused £20m structure to collapse

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Last night, vehicle alarms and loud explosions were heard as cars were burned through one by one, with a witness describing the speed in which the blaze tore through the newly-built car park’s upper floor as ‘incredible’. 

Five people were rushed to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation following an incident that saw more than 100 firefighters on the scene, aided by 15 rescue pumps and three aerial appliances.

Luton Airport said flights would remain suspended until 3pm on Wednesday following a fire in a multi-storey car park.

The statement said: ‘Our priority remains supporting the emergency services and the safety of our passengers and staff. Therefore, we have now taken the decision to suspend all flights until 3pm on Wednesday 11th October.

‘Passengers are advised not to travel to the airport at this time, as access remains severely restricted.’

More than 140 flights at London Luton Airport have been cancelled so far today due to the fire – including 73 departures and 70 arrivals.

The worst-hit airline was easyJet, which has its base at the hub and was forced to axe 79 flights, including 39 departures and 40 arrivals.

Wizz Air had to cancel 25 departures and 25 arrivals, while Ryanair axed eight departures and five arrivals. One Air Hamburg departure was also cancelled.

In addition, 11 further arrivals early this morning were diverted to other UK airports including London Stansted, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff and Bristol.

Footage of the car on fire at Luton was posted by a member of the Wizz Air cabin crew

Footage of the car on fire at Luton was posted by a member of the Wizz Air cabin crew

The burnt out shells of cars, in a multi-storey car park at Luton Airport, which has been closed with flights suspended until at least 3pm on Wednesday

The burnt out shells of cars, in a multi-storey car park at Luton Airport, which has been closed with flights suspended until at least 3pm on Wednesday

Wreckage of hundreds of cards can be seen inside the car park at London Luton Airport

Wreckage of hundreds of cards can be seen inside the car park at London Luton Airport

Passengers lift their luggage past fire trucks at London's Luton Airport following the car park collapse

Passengers lift their luggage past fire trucks at London’s Luton Airport following the car park collapse

A number of cars have been visibly damaged by the fire, as crews continue to battle it

A number of cars have been visibly damaged by the fire, as crews continue to battle it

Firemen stand by their trucks next to a parking lot at London's Luton Airport following a fire which caused a partial collapse of a parking structure

Firemen stand by their trucks next to a parking lot at London’s Luton Airport following a fire which caused a partial collapse of a parking structure

A witness described the speed in which the blaze tore through the car park's upper floor as 'incredible'

A witness described the speed in which the blaze tore through the car park’s upper floor as ‘incredible’

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

Emergency services continue to work at the scene at Luton airport this morning

Emergency services continue to work at the scene at Luton airport this morning

The extent of the car park's collapse is seen this morning following the fire on Tuesday night

The extent of the car park’s collapse is seen this morning following the fire on Tuesday night

The Terminal Car Park 2 is visibly damaged following last night's dramatic blaze

The Terminal Car Park 2 is visibly damaged following last night’s dramatic blaze

A number of cars have been destroyed in the fire at Luton Airport, which erupted on Tuesday

A number of cars have been destroyed in the fire at Luton Airport, which erupted on Tuesday

Firefighters assess the damage from height as they continue to work at Luton Airport

Firefighters assess the damage from height as they continue to work at Luton Airport

The scene following a fire at a multi-storey car park at Luton Airport, which has been closed with flights suspended until at least 3pm on Wednesday

The scene following a fire at a multi-storey car park at Luton Airport, which has been closed with flights suspended until at least 3pm on Wednesday

The multi-storey is a shell of its former self having been gutted by fire on Tuesday evening

The multi-storey is a shell of its former self having been gutted by fire on Tuesday evening

A fire engine at the scene at Luton Airport following the huge collapse of a multi-storey car park

A fire engine at the scene at Luton Airport following the huge collapse of a multi-storey car park

A passenger wheels his luggage near the airport, where hundreds of flights have been axed

A passenger wheels his luggage near the airport, where hundreds of flights have been axed

Andrew Hopkinson, chief fire officer for Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said more than 100 firefighters tackled the blaze at Luton Airport.

Speaking to reporters at the scene this morning, he said: ‘Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s fire control received an initial 999 call at 8.47pm yesterday evening, reporting a car on fire on the third floor of the Terminal car park two behind me here at London Luton Airport.

‘Our first two fire appliances arrived on scene just a shade under 10 minutes later to work alongside firefighters from Luton Airport Fire Service.

‘On arrival my officers were faced with a severe and rapidly spreading fire involving a large number of vehicles that ultimately spread to multiple floors and involved a partial collapse of the car park.

‘The incident was declared a major incident at 9.38pm. The car park has a capacity of just over 1,900 cars and we estimate up to 1,500 cars are in the affected car park.

‘At its peak we had 15 fire appliances, over 100 firefighters and a number of specialist resources including the one you will see over my right-hand shoulder, with resources provided by neighbouring fire and rescue services.’

Bedfordshire Police added: ‘We have been part of a multi-agency response overnight to this significant fire at London Luton Airport. We would advise people not to travel to the area if they can.’ 

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

East of England Ambulance Service said in a statement it sent two ambulances, seven hazardous area response team vehicles and ambulance officer vehicles to the scene of the Luton Airport fire.

It went on: ‘We assessed five people suffering from smoke inhalation at the scene.

‘Three firefighters and one member of airport staff were transported to Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

‘One firefighter was discharged at the scene.’

Firefighters have used a range of equipment to tackle and control the blaze

Firefighters have used a range of equipment to tackle and control the blaze 

Firefighters continue to tackle the damage after the blaze at Luton's Terminal Car Park 2

Firefighters continue to tackle the damage after the blaze at Luton’s Terminal Car Park 2

Firefighters continue to work on making the car park safe this morning following last night's inferno

Firefighters continue to work on making the car park safe this morning following last night’s inferno

This frame grab from handout video footage taken and released by the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service via AFPTV on October 11, 2023 shows a parking structure on fire at London's Luton Airport

This frame grab from handout video footage taken and released by the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service via AFPTV on October 11, 2023 shows a parking structure on fire at London’s Luton Airport

Firemen stand by their trucks next to a parking lot at London's Luton Airport following a fire

Firemen stand by their trucks next to a parking lot at London’s Luton Airport following a fire

Cars can be seen badly damaged in the parking lot at Luton Airport following last night's blaze

Cars can be seen badly damaged in the parking lot at Luton Airport following last night’s blaze 

People leave the London Luton airport as emergency services respond to a fire

People leave the London Luton airport as emergency services respond to a fire

Flames roar at Terminal Car Park 2 at Luton Airport following the huge blaze on Tuesday night

Flames roar at Terminal Car Park 2 at Luton Airport following the huge blaze on Tuesday night

Police keep watch by a road leading to London's Luton Airport following a fire which caused a partial collapse of a parking structure

Police keep watch by a road leading to London’s Luton Airport following a fire which caused a partial collapse of a parking structure

A sign tells drivers that London Luton Airport is shut and that there are road closures in place

A sign tells drivers that London Luton Airport is shut and that there are road closures in place

Frustrated passengers wait with their bags as the fire has caused them to make alternative plans

Frustrated passengers wait with their bags as the fire has caused them to make alternative plans

Police have closed roads around the airport as a result of the chaos, which has cancelled flights until 3pm

Police have closed roads around the airport as a result of the chaos, which has cancelled flights until 3pm

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 treatment.

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.’

An aerial shot shows the extent of the fire which ripped through the car park on Tuesday night

An aerial shot shows the extent of the fire which ripped through the car park on Tuesday night

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

The inferno will no doubt cause worry for British holidaymakers who left their vehicles at the airport before jetting off overseas

The inferno will no doubt cause worry for British holidaymakers who left their vehicles at the airport before jetting off overseas

Cars are visibly damaged as firefighters battle the inferno

Cars are visibly damaged as firefighters battle the inferno 

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’ 

Holidaymakers' flights have been suspended until midday on Wednesday due to the huge fire

Holidaymakers’ flights have been suspended until midday on Wednesday due to the huge fire

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

The newly-built car park partially collapsed, Beds Fire and Rescue service confirmed

The newly-built car park partially collapsed, Beds Fire and Rescue service confirmed

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.’

The short stay building suffered ‘significant structural collapse’ and half of the structure was fully taken over by the fire, the fire service said in an update just after midnight.

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

Footage posted on social media shows fire tearing through cars parked at the airport terminal on Tuesday evening, with smoke billowing over the airport’s runway.

The fire raged into the early hours of Wednesday, with Beds Fire service sharing an update just after midnight on Tuesday stating that they were first alerted by calls at 8.47pm on Tuesday.

Russell Taylor, 41, an account director from Kinross in Scotland, saw the flames over the car park as he flew in to Luton Airport from Edinburgh on Tuesday.

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

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

Police, firefighters and ambulance crews were on the scene, with five people rushed to hospital

Police, firefighters and ambulance crews were on the scene, with five people rushed to hospital 

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

Passengers wheel their luggage past fire trucks at London's Luton Airport following a fire

Passengers wheel their luggage past fire trucks at London’s Luton Airport following a fire

Firemen battle a fire at London's Luton Airport which caused a partial collapse of a parking structure

Firemen battle a fire at London’s Luton Airport which caused a partial collapse of a parking structure

Emergency services respond to the blaze as passengers wheel their luggage in the foreground

Emergency services respond to the blaze as passengers wheel their luggage in the foreground

People leave the London Luton airport as emergency services respond to a fire in the Terminal Car Park 2

People leave the London Luton airport as emergency services respond to a fire in the Terminal Car Park 2

Passengers move away from the airport car park after the dramatic fire last night

Passengers move away from the airport car park after the dramatic fire last night

People take pictures while leaving London Luton airport as emergency services respond to a fire

People take pictures while leaving London Luton airport as emergency services respond to a fire

Passengers look confused after the huge fire broke out in Luton's Terminal Car Park 2

Passengers look confused after the huge fire broke out in Luton’s Terminal Car Park 2

The extent of the damage can be seen in Luton's Terminal Car Park 2 following last night's fire

The extent of the damage can be seen in Luton’s Terminal Car Park 2 following last night’s fire

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’.

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.’ 

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

They later added just after 1am on Wednesday: ‘Emergency services continue to respond to a significant fire in Terminal Car Park 2, which has now resulted in a partial structural collapse.

‘The safety of our passengers and staff remains our main priority. We have therefore taken the decision to suspend all flights until 12pm on Wednesday 11th October.

‘Passengers are advised not to travel to the airport at this time, as access remains severely restricted.’

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







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