Fire at Fort Myers Airport Destroys 3,500 Rental Cars

By Anna Breuer on 5 April 2020
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A fire at South Florida International Airport in Fort Myers destroyed over 3,500 rental cars, local officials said.

The fire, which began Friday night, was in an overflow parking area for the various rental car agencies that service the airport.

Both the Florida Forest Service and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department made dozens of air drops in an attempt to contain the blaze.

The Lee County Port Authority, which operates the airport, said that the airport itself was not impacted at all by the blaze.  It also said that 3,800 vehicles in the overflow area were not damaged by the fire and were moved elsewhere.

The Florida Forest Service reported the fire as “contained” Saturday at 10:30 a.m. local time. The Federal Aviation Administration said that, despite the huge plumes of smoke visible for miles, the fire had no impact on air traffic or airport operations.

Rental-car agencies that operate at the airport include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, and Hertz. Officials were not able to say whom the damaged cars belonged to at press time.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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