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Tuesday, April 07, 2020

A 15-acre fire destroyed more than 3,500 rental cars at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers. The fire occurred in a grassy area used for overflow storage by multiple rental car companies. No people were injured and no structures at the airport were affected. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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My prediction: fire will destroy many businesses, restaurants, bars, etc. over the next few weeks.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2020-04-07 01:48 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 3

Any chance this was arson? The car-rental business has gone up in smoke figuratively already because of the coronavirus. Maybe someone was thinking insurance would come through with some timely liquidity.

#2 | Posted by cbob at 2020-04-07 02:21 PM | Reply

#1, #2: "Desperate times call for desperate measures."

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-07 02:31 PM | Reply

I suspect is was someone who parked one of the returned rental cars in the grassy field and the fire was started by a hot catalytic converter. If you've ever read your auto's owners manual it clearly tells you to NOT park your car where there's any tall, dry grass just because of this issue.

As for the prediction about fires destroying many businesses, it's like what happened in 1906 after the San Francisco earthquake when the many building owners discovered that their insurance did not cover earthquakes, but it did cover fire damage. Suddenly fires broke out all over the city the day after the quake had hit.

OCU

#4 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-04-07 03:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I expect Danni is 100% correct. Surprising how many failing businesses have fires.

#5 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-04-07 04:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

My spidey sense is saying this was intentional and an insurance scam by the rental car companies. No one is renting cars, and no one is buying cars. They are stuck with dead inventories, Do the math.

#6 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-04-07 05:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Any chance this was arson?

Is there any doubt this was arson?

#7 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2020-04-08 09:17 AM | Reply

"Is there any doubt this was arson?"

There are parking lots all over the country with the same number of cars in them, and many of those care are old and in need of repair but surprisingly they don't all just go up in flames. This was arson, there is no doubt. Now it will be the job of the investigators to prove it. Personally, I hope they do. I've been broke and considered doing stupid crap like that but I have always been a law abiding citizen so I never did something like that. Most of us are the same way. We should not allow crooks to get away with crimes like that.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2020-04-08 09:54 AM | Reply

I hope it was an insurance scam and that the insurers have to pay. They scam their customers day and night so it's time something went the other direction.

#9 | Posted by JOE at 2020-04-08 10:11 AM | Reply

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