Footage shows the aftermath from the Echo Arena auto park fire

Smoke billowing from a blaze at a multi-storey car park at the Echo Arena on Liverpool's waterfront

Up to 1400 cars burned in the blaze.

Burnt cars are seen in what remains of the multi-storey vehicle park, where a large fire destroyed many cars on Sunday, in King's Dock, Liverpool, Britain, January 01, 2018.

"Liverpool Arena vehicle park fire - thanks to all of our partners, joint working at its best - a significant fire with no loss of life, shelter provided, transport made available, medical assistance and dedicated emergency services", Merseyside Police said on its Twitter feed.

He said some horses that were on the first floor of the multi-storey vehicle park had been moved inside the arena. He ended up helping to evacuate some of the horses to keep them safe.

It added: "All people and horses are safe and secure, and show organisers have thanked spectators, riders and support teams for their understanding and co-operation during this ongoing situation".

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"The flames were just shooting out of the engine and coming past the tires", witness Sue Wright told BBC News. It looked like a ball of fire on the front of the vehicle and it was producing a lot of smoke.

'I believe a sprinkler system would certainly have suppressed the fire, ' he added.

Clarke said the first sign of the fire was smoke.

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson tweeted that everyone was safe and no animals had been hurt. Liverpool City Council opened a reception centre for those unable to get home. Some people took advantage of lifts by fellow show-goers or locals while others were offered accommodation.

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