The emergency services are investigating an enormous blaze in the car park of a music festival in Hampshire, after more than 80 cars were destroyed. The fire broke out on Friday afternoon, at the BoomTown Fair festival near Winchester.
The festival, which is held in an enormous natural bowl on the South Downs, had six fire crews called in to battle the inferno. It was reported at around 4:15pm, and brought under control just before 6pm, and it is thought that no one was injured. One of the campsites situated nearest the blaze was evacuated as a precautionary measure.
It is understood that the fire's cause has not yet been found, but Hampshire Fire and Rescue are still at the scene, investigating in cooperation with Hampshire Constabulary. The fire, which took place on the second day of the four-day festival, will not affect weekend's acts.
In a statement, the festival organisers said that they would be working with the authorities and festivalgoers to support those whose cars might have been affected.
A spokesperson said: "Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were immediately called to attend to the incident. BoomTown' Fair immediately mobilised its onsite fire teams, security and all available staff to the scene.
"Areas close to the fire within the festival were evacuated as precaution. All of these areas have been assessed and have been reinstated for public access. The West Car Park will remain closed until the investigations by the fire and police services have been concluded."
They continued: "No festival performances have been affected by the incident and the weekend events are continuing as planned."
Leftfield, Damian Marley, Madness and the Levellers were all due to appear.
Members of the public concerned about their cars are being urged to get in touch with organisers for help and support