Boomtown festival evacuated after fire rages through car park, destroying 80 vehicles on playerrealm

The festival hosts up to 50,000 people (Picture: Solent)

The campsite at the Boomtown music festival has been evacuated after a fire raged through the car park and destroyed 80 vehicles.

The festival, which is being headlined this year by Madness and Damien Marley among others, hosts around 50,000 people and is taking place in Hampshire this weekend.

At around 4.15pm yesterday, firefighters responded to a report that a fire had taken hold in the car park. Up to 80 cars were destroyed and the campsite was evacuated.

‘Multiagency response to estimated 80 vehicles destroyed by Boomtown fire,’ said the South Central Ambulance Services Hazardous Area Response Team.

‘Thankfully no casualties at this time.’

The fire is under control, authorities said.

The festival rose up ‘from the underground’ in 2009, the Boomtown website reads, and celebrates ‘every kind of musical genre, from folk, gypsy, reggae, world, punk, pirate and disco to electro-swing, jazz, blue-grass, bass, jungle and techno, all enjoyed in a spirit of unity and freedom.’

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