Douglas Fire Update: All cars removed except those in 'demolition zone' 

Douglas Fire Update: All cars removed except those in 'demolition zone' 

All cars have been removed from the Douglas Village Shopping Centre car park except those that are in the “demolition zone”, management has confirmed.

The multi-story car park suffered severe damage after a car fire broke out on the first floor on Saturday, August 31.

Sixty-one cars were damaged in the incident with around 50 believed to be completely burnt out. 

The inside of the Douglas multistorey showing the large number of burned-out cars. Pic: Cork City Fire Service
The inside of the Douglas multistorey showing the large number of burned-out cars. Pic: Cork City Fire Service

The shopping centre has been closed since the incident and part of the car park will have to be demolished.

In an update today, shopping centre management confirmed that all cars, except those that are completely burnt out or in and above the “demolition zone” have been removed.

Manager of the shopping centre, Bartosz Mieszala, said that not all owners of the undamaged cars have been contacted yet as they are waiting for the cars to be moved to customer collection areas.

The fire originated from an Opel Zafira parked on the first floor of the car park.

Opel Zafira’s have been the subject of a recall in recent months over a potential fire risk.

Opel recently recalled around 235,000 cars after a number were reported to have suffered electrical problems which could cause a fire.

However, there is no indication that the incident which caused the Douglas fire is linked to the recall.

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