BB | News aus der Welt – Aufgrund eines Großbrandes in einem nahe gelegenen Parkhaus musste der Große Preis der Liverpool International Horse Show am 31.12.2017 abgesagt werden. Pferde sowie Reiter wurden evakuiert, glücklicherweise sind weder Menschen noch Tiere zu Schaden gekommen. Alle Fahrzeuge in dem 1600 Stellplätze umfassenden Parkhaus wurden zerstört. Der Brand war von einem Landrover im dritten Stock des Parkhauses ausgegangen. Die Ermittlungen laufen noch.
Der Bürgermeister von Liverpool, Joe Anderson, twitterte am 31.12. um 7:02 PM: „ARENA CAR PARK FIRE HAVE BEEN TOLD EVERYONE SAFE AND NO ANIMALS HURT SEEMS A LAND ROVER WENT ON FIRE ON THE 3RD LEVEL, HORSES ON 1ST THE HORSES HAVE BEEN EVACUATED TO ARENA. WILL GIVE MORE NEWS ABOUT TONIGHT ASAP.“
Nina Barbour, die Präsidentin der Liverpool International Horse Show zeigte sich in einer Stellungnahme sehr betroffen weil so viele Menschen ihre Autos und Habseligkeiten verloren hatten, war aber natürlich froh, dass niemand verletzt worden war: „I would like to express my immense thanks and gratitude to the emergency services, the Echo Arena staff, riders, grooms and support staff, the general public and the City of Liverpool following Sunday night’s events.
„The understanding of everybody who were preparing to celeberate New Years‘ Eve and were left in Liverpool with no transport was nothing short of remarkable, and the offers of help and support from people – they ran into the hundreds – for anyone who needed assistance will never be forgotten.
„It was with considerable regret that last night’s final session of the show had to be cancelled due to a serious fire in a multi-storey car park near to the Echo Arena, and on advice from the emergency services, who worked tirelessly all night to contain and extinguish the fire.
„My thoughts are also with those who have lost their vehicles and possessions as a result of the fire.
„All people and horses are safe and secure, and I thank spectators, riders and support teams for their understanding and co-operation during what was a difficult situation.
„I am very proud of our own teams who pulled together in the most demanding of circumstances, and managed to quickly and calmly evacuate all horses from the venue in a safe and controlled manner.
„We have worked very closely with the Echo Arena team over the last three years – their support and hard work has been integral to the event’s success to date, and our thoughts are with them, and the city of Liverpool.
„We are not going to let go of what we achieved in the first five sessions of the show, and we will be back to do it again next December.“
Quelle: The Guardian.com