How do 3,500 cars suddenly catch fire?
It is bad enough when a single car catches fire but multi-car fires present incredible danger. Just recently, a Nissan Skyline tuning shop burned to the ground, destroying some amazing cars. According to CNN, an even larger fire began mysteriously at the Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Meyers, Florida. Fire department officials confirmed that the blaze initially spanned 15 acres and affected 20 cars in the grass overflow area for rental cars.
But according to a Lee County Port Authority spokesperson, the fire ended up engulfing more than 3,500 rental cars by the time it was extinguished. Melinda Avni, the Mitigation Specialist for Florida Forestry Service of Caloosahatchee, says there were only 20 cars set ablaze when teams were called to put out the fire at 5:00 p.m. on Friday. "By the time we had units on the scene, we had 100 cars (on fire). We lost count after the hundreds," she said.
As seen on the Florida Forestry Service's Twitter page, the massive fire sent black plumes of smoke into the sky. The Florida Forestry Service provided air and ground support working with Charlotte County Sheriff's Office's aviation unit, conducting more than 80 water airdrops to extinguish the blaze. By 10:30 a.m on Saturday, the fire was contained (18 hours after it had begun).
From the photos, it is difficult to see what types of rental cars were destroyed by the fire. We are able to make out a few minivans like the Dodge Grand Caravan and economy cars like the Nissan Versa but didn't spot any sports cars like the Chevrolet Corvette. Either way, the value of 3,500 rentals cars is sure to be a massive sum. No structures at the airport were damaged by the fire and no injuries were reported. An FAA spokesperson confirmed that the fire did not have any effect on traffic. The cause of the fire is still unknown and is currently under investigation.