On New Years Eve we seen another worrying large scale fire, this time at a car park in Liverpool City Centre next to the Liverpool Echo Arena where a horse show was taking place.
With the horrific events of Grenfell still fresh in our minds, I’m sure many of us feared the worst as the full scale of the fire began to be realised – thankfully and luckily no people or animals were injured in the blaze.
The fire is now understood to of started in the engine of a Land Rover and violently ripped through the whole car park floor by floor, fuelled by an estimated 1400 cars. The temperature inside the car park at the height of the blaze has been estimated to be in excess of 1000°C.
Discussions will now start to turn towards what prevention measures could of been used to limit the severity of the fire. The building didn’t have a sprinkler system installed – Dan Stephens, Chief Fire Officer has already said “I believe a sprinkler system would certainly have suppressed the fire.”
“It would definitely have limited the spread and given us a much better opportunity to put the fire out before it spread to the extent it did.”
Liverpool Mayor has reacted quickly to ensure that the conversation is continued by saying “If there’s things we can do to make the car parks more safer then that is exactly what we will do.”
This latest incident adds more evidence to the ongoing argument that sprinkler systems should be a mandatory inclusion in more buildings.