A 'thick black plume of smoke' could be seen from BoomTown Fair festival after a multiple car fire broke out in a car park on Friday afternoon.

Six pumps from Winchester, Eastleigh, Redbridge, St Mary's, Alresford, Burley and Bishop's Waltham were sent to the West Car Park at BoomTown, Matterley Bowl in Alresford Road at 4.15pm, along with support vehicles.

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A huge fire broke out at a Boomtown festival car park where multiple car caught fire
A huge fire broke out at a Boomtown festival car park where multiple cars caught fire

The Boomtique camp site adjacent to the car park was evacuated as a precaution.

The fire was brought under control shortly before 6pm but festival-goers were told to keep clear of the scene.

Multiple vehicles caught fire in a carpark at BoomTown festival
Multiple vehicles caught fire in a carpark at BoomTown festival

Charlotte Neal, Get Hampshire reporter, said: “We are stood at the highest part of the festival and noticed a thick, black plume of smoke, it looked like it was near the VIP camping area.

“Everyone at the festival stopped and watched it, the smoke has died down. It was dramatic and everyone wondered what was going on.”

Smoke could be seen from Winchester
Smoke could be seen from Winchester

Another witness Vikesh Jobanputra, 38, said: "I was stood near my tent when I noticed a load of smoke near where many cars were parked.

"I started walking towards it to see what it was, as did many other people, and then that's when I started hearing lots of fuel tanks popping in the distance.

"Every time there was a pop, smoke went up in the air. You could smell the fumes. It was a series of mini explosions. Then the fire engine came through and got it under control."