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BoomTown Festival Fire Destroys More Than 80 Cars Following Car Park Blaze

Investigations are underway.

13/08/2016 11:31

More than 80 vehicles were destroyed in a huge fire that swept through the car park of a music festival on Friday afternoon.

Six fire crews tackled the blaze on the second day of the four-day BoomTown Fair Festival.

Dramatic pictures from the scene show the extent of the fire.

Firefighters evacuated the campsite adjacent to the car park as a precaution.

No injured were reported. 

Hampshire Fire and Rescue and Hampshire Police have launched an investigation into the blaze, which started shortly before 4.15pm.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said in a statement: “An investigation will take place jointly with Hampshire Constabulary over the next few days to find out the cause of the blaze.”

The blaze was extinguished by 10.38pm. 

BoomTown organisers warned festival-goers to stay away from the affected area.

They later said that an “incident info point” would be in place on Saturday.

BoomTown Fair is a four-day festival with acts this year including Leftfield, Damian Marley, Madness and Levellers.

The fire is the latest incident to mar the festival at the Matterley Bowl, near Winchester, Hampshire, in recent years.

In 2014 a 31-year-old woman died in hospital after being found slumped unconscious in a toilet at the festival.

The previous year Oxfam steward Ellie Rowe, 18, from Glastonbury, Somerset, died at Boomtown after taking the horse tranquilliser ketamine.

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