A fire at a Florida airport destroyed more than 3,500 rental cars

  • The blaze began Friday, spanned 15 acres and originally involved only 20 cars in the grassy rental car overflow area at the airport in Fort Myers, fire department officials said.
  • Melinda Avni, Mitigation Specialist for Florida Forestry Service of Caloosahatchee, said authorities were called to put out the fire around 5 p.m. Friday, when there were about 20 vehicles involved.
  • Ground and aerial support was provided by Florida Forestry Service and multiple fire departments, Avni said.
  • At least 80 airdrops were made by the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office's aviation unit, it said in a Facebook post.
  • The forestry service deemed the blaze contained by 10:30 a.m. Saturday, nearly 18 hours after it began, Avni said.
  • The brush surrounding the overflow area caught fire and help its quick spread, but no structures at the airport were affected, Avni said.

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