A massive blaze has left Sixty Cars gutted in one of the car parks at a music festival in Hampshire.
The blaze sent a plume of black smoke over the west car park at the Boomtown Fair at Matterley Bowl, near Winchester, Hampshire.
A small amount of explosions could be heard as car parking and security staff stood taking selfie whilst waiting for the fire service to attend. Six appliances along with Police and ambulance cordon off a large area of the west car park whilst crews tackled the blaze that also set fire to Portable lighting. The cause is still under investigation. Hampshire Police are working with the fire service. A Police helicopter was called into check no other vehicles were involved in the car park as it spread. Campers where also evacuated whilst fire fighters dealt with the incident. Many of the owner. are problem unaware that they have lost their vehicles. It’s not the first time that the festival has hit the head lines when Ellie Rowe, 18, died in 2015 after taking the class C drug ketamine at the BoomTown Fair. Than in 2014 Lisa Williamson was found dead in a toilet hanged. Event security initially said a fire in six vehicles had been put out but the ambulance service later said an estimated 80 vehicles had been destroyed in the blaze.
Hampshire Police issues the following : We were called at around 4.15pm today (Friday, August 12) to a report of a multiple car fire at the west car park at the #Boomtown Fair music festival at the Matterley Bowl near #Winchester.
Officers already on scene together with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) worked to contain the area and evacuated a neighbouring campsite as a precaution.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were able to confirm the fire was under control just before 6pm.
At this time it is estimated some 80 cars have been burnt out. No one has been reported as injured.
We have since been working collaboratively with HFRS to ascertain the cause of the fire.The investigation is currently ongoing.
We are working alongside Boomtown event organisers and management staff to ensure the site remains safe and support those who have been potentially affected.
If you’re concerned your vehicle has been affected, follow @BoomTownFair on Twitter for live updates, help and advice.