Florida airport fire destroyed more than 3,500 rental cars

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    Florida airport fire destroyed more than 3,500 rental cars

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    A fire that spread through a grassy area of Southwest Florida International Airport has destroyed thousands of rental cars, fire department officials said.
    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.
    But by the time it was extinguished, the flames had destroyed more than 3,500 rental cars, a Lee County Port Authority spokesperson told CNN affiliate WINK.

    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.
    "By the time we had units on the scene, we had 100 cars (on fire). We lost count after the hundreds," she said.
    Black clouds of smoke could be seen for miles around Fort Myers, a city of about 82,000 people in southwest Florida. 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. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation, she said.

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

    I know Enterprise carries it's Own Insurance.

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

    I saw this over at Carscoops. What a bummer, guess the insurance will make it all better Hot car undersides and dry grass do not mix is how I see it.

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

    With the downturn in tourism here the airports are parking tons of their rentals in fields. It was only a matter of time until this happened.
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    Re: A fire at a Florida airport destroyed more than 3,500 rental cars

    Quote Originally Posted by InCogKneeToe View Post
    I know Enterprise carries it's Own Insurance.
    Still, that is a lot of lost property and jobs unfortunately. A lot of nice folks work at Enterprise renting you Hyundai's Volkswagen and Nissans. No longer Chevy and Ford lots...

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

    Quote Originally Posted by FenwickHockey65 View Post
    With the downturn in tourism here the airports are parking tons of their rentals in fields. It was only a matter of time until this happened.
    It's more than tourism................... air travel in-total is down almost 95%.


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

    Whoa!!

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

    Unfortunate, but if one watches the video of this, pretty unsurprising as this wasn't exactly a manicured lawn they were parking these things on. I believe most GM cars have some pretty fun illustrations of this in the owner's manuals, perhaps not as good as the "don't wear your seat belt like this" ones. Some of them are things I wouldn't have come up with without the pictures. I'm sure all car manuals warn you of the fire danger from parking on dry grass or leaves.

    I'm sure they had a ton of rental cars there when things started to shut down, too. Not much place to send them or reason to move them anywhere, either, with all the uncertainty. Ft. Myers is the Spring Training home of the Minnesota Twins, and the shutdowns must have crushed all the tourist places and restaurants there. I know here in Phoenix we're in the same boat with Spring Training. I know a lot of places pay the bills for the year with March and April. Not too many people come here in the summer, so it'll be dead once things reopen. People won't start travelling for awhile, so I suppose in a way it's good not many would be coming here anyway. This was the worst possible time for the tourist stuff to shutdown for Phoenix, though.

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

    Quite often fleets that big self insure. It may not be covered.

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

    We are already in a "Restricted Fire Zone" meaning No "Open Fires" not even for Cooking for Warmth. And 70+% of our woods are still snow covered, all are soggy. The MNR (Ministry of Natural Resources) are worried about the lack of Man Power to fight the annual Grass Fire season. As Farmers and Land Owners burn fields and such that get out of control.

    This looks like a Simple "Lack of Common Sense" to Water the Parking Grounds before Parking Vehicles on Dry Grass.

    That Will trickle down to a "Recall" of "Fire Risks due to Antifreeze Leak causing an Over Heating problem, and if driven long enough with Warning Lights and Chimes on, could cause the Motor Oil and Debris on the Engine to Ignite"

    The only thing with 3500 involved, How to tell Which Vehicle Line to Recall?
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    Re: A fire at a Florida airport destroyed more than 3,500 rental cars

    Reminds me of that Florida statie who wasn't paying a lot of attention to burning grass.

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    Re: Florida airport fire destroyed more than 3,500 rental cars

    All those poor Nissans.

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    Re: Florida airport fire destroyed more than 3,500 rental cars

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    All those poor Nissans.
    At least now Nissan can finally unload a bunch of unwanted replacement inventory to the rental companies.
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    Re: Florida airport fire destroyed more than 3,500 rental cars

    Someone didnt slash the grass! The cats get super hot, and when a car parks on long grass..............

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    Re: Florida airport fire destroyed more than 3,500 rental cars

    Huge variety of cars in there surprisingly, lots of Chevy Malibus, Impalas, and Chrysler 300s in particular. But I also spotted Mustang convertibles, Kias, Hyundais, Nissans, Chrysler minivans, etc. Overwhelmingly sedans, a few recognizable utilities like a Traverse, Blazer, and Edge (the only three that are easily identifiable to me anyway). I know the sedan market is almost entirely propped up by non-retail at this point so it makes sense to see acres of them here.
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