On new Years Eve a ‘Ferocious’ fire ripped through Liverpool Echo Arena car park.

The blaze which destroyed about 1,400 cars broke out after an old Land Rover with its engine on fire. – thought by firefighters to be the source of the blaze.

The car park that can hold 1,600 cars is next to the Liverpool Echo Arena, where a horse show was in place and had to be evacuated but everyone escaped and all horses where moved to safety.

Dan Stephens, of Merseyside Fire and Rescue, said the flames spread very quickly.

“I believe a sprinkler system would certainly have suppressed the fire,” he said.

“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.”