Posted by: John Brace | 29th January 2018

How did Liverpool City Council respond to the fire on the 31st December 2017 at the Liverpool Waterfront Car Park?

How did Liverpool City Council respond to the fire on the 31st December 2017 at the Liverpool Waterfront Car Park?

                                       

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Liverpool City Council 24th January 2018 item 7 Mayor of Liverpool Announcements and Updates


Mayor Joe Anderson | 24th January 2018 | Mayor of Liverpool Announcements | Public meeting of Liverpool City Council

Mayor Joe Anderson | 24th January 2018 | Mayor of Liverpool Announcements | Public meeting of Liverpool City Council

At a meeting of Liverpool City Council last Wednesday evening, in item 7 Mayor of Liverpool Announcements and Updates Mayor Anderson (on his 60th birthday) after an update about the suspended Chief Executive Ged Fitzgerald, gave a brief update on what had happened following the fire at a Liverpool City Council run multi-storey car park (Liverpool Echo Arena car park) on Sunday 31st December 2017.

Mayor Anderson (who can be watched in the video above), thanked the fire service and the other emergency services in their role responding to the fire. He also thanked Liverpool City Council staff, specifically the seven members of staff on duty manning the car park who had been involved with the evacuation of the car park. Liverpool City Council staff had made sure that the emergency services were called and stopped people going back into the car park.

He went on to explain about how people affected by the fire were supplied with accommodation and how Liverpool City Council had worked with hoteliers to do so on a “wet and wild” night.

Mayor Anderson referred to thank yous about the support given. He thanked staff at the Arena and Convention Centre and the Pullman Hotel who had supported the city through difficult times. He had asked the Association of British Insurers to urge their members to deal with insurance claims quickly. In response he had received a letter back stating that 96% had already been met.

The discs in the CCTV in the car park had been “rescued” and been “enhanced”. Copies of the video footage had been given to insurance companies. The inside of the car park had also been safely filmed by drone. There had been a lot of questions asked and he said that “some people want to bring politics of course into this which is often the case”.

On the subject of whether the car park should have had sprinklers, he stated that the car park met the legal requirements and that “car parks are for parking your car”.

Continuing he stated that the fire had started on the 3rd floor, it had started in a 16 year old car, that looked like it had been converted to a different type of fuel.

Liverpool City Council’s insurers had been “cooperative” and Liverpool City Council was dealing with them. He expected that their “full costs would be met”. Liverpool City Council staff had been on site on the day of the fire and the next day. Work had been done in an urgent way with four weeks of work carried out in a week.

He said “things are in hand”, and he wanted to make it very clear “how privileged we are to have such dedicated, professional and responsible staff”.

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  1. “On the subject of whether the car park should have had sprinklers, he stated that the car park met the legal requirements and that “car parks are for parking your car”.

    Continuing he stated that the fire had started on the 3rd floor, it had started in a 16 year old car, that looked like it had been converted to a different type of fuel.”

    And with sprinklers this fire would have been out before it started, thus saving a lot of heartche for many, taxpayers money on fire services and insurance premiums going up for everyone to cover the lost.
    The Grenville fire told us more buildings need to be fitted with sprinklers, be they blocks of flats office blocks or just plain car parks[ and because of the fuel. foam!]

    • Thanks for your comment.

      It was the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer Dan Stephens (who spoke earlier at the same Liverpool City Council public meeting) that mentioned sprinklers in a media interview shortly after the fire. He was responding to questions from the press.

      To be brutally honest, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service had trouble tackling the fire at an early stage and had to request mutual assistance from fire services outside the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service area.

      Just as in the Grenfell fire (when the cladding appeared to spread the fire), in this fire the fuel in other cars acted as a fuel source making it more difficult to tackle.

      However there wasn’t the loss of life in this fire that there was in Grenfell, just loss of property.

      As to the increase in insurance premiums, that’s inevitable following something like this that’ll make insurance companies regard the risk of fire as higher than before.


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