(CNN)A massive fire has ripped through a 1,600-capacity parking deck in Liverpool, UK, destroying hundreds of vehicles and forcing some people to spend the New Year in temporary shelters.
Huge blaze engulfs 1,600-capacity parking deck in Liverpool, UK
Firefighters arrived on scene at Kings Dock around 4.50 p.m. (11.50 a.m. ET) to tackle the blaze involving "a number of vehicles."
"Initial investigations indicate that an accidental fire within a vehicle caused other cars to ignite," Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said in a statement.
Authorities said that no one was believed to have been seriously injured. Some surrounding buildings were evacuated as a precautionary measure.
The fire service warned residents and local businesses to keep doors and windows shut due to smoke. It advised people to stay away from the area.
Witnesses described the fire as "unbelievable." Car windows could be heard exploding.
Sue Wright, wife of former England footballer Mark Wright, told Britain's Press Association of fleeing the car park as "an old car exploded."
"We've lost everything because our car was right next to the car that exploded. My handbag was in it, our cards, cash, everything. We just grabbed the keys and ran."
Wright said cars were "just popping every couple of seconds."
The Echo Arena, located next to the car park on the waterfront, had been hosting a four-day international horse show.
After the fire broke out, animals were evacuated from the venue and the final evening's events were canceled.