Fire destroys 8 cars at Sea-Tac airport; no one injured


Smoke and flames from an early Tuesday morning fire damaged or destroyed at least 10 cars in a busy portion of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport parking garage. Airport spokesman Perry Cooper said eight cars were destroyed by the fire, two others were damaged by fire and several others may have been damaged by smoke that poured through the garage’s sixth floor. Investigators believe the cause of the fire was a mechanical failure in one of the vehicles. Early damage estimate for the vehicles is $250,000.

No injuries were reported.

Cooper said the fire was spotted by a Port of Seattle police officer about 6:45 a.m. Firefighters from the Port of Seattle and the city of SeaTac battled the blaze, which sent smoke billowing through the north end of the sixth floor.

“We have some cars with their hoods up and pretty well melted, and others with their windows knocked out,” Cooper said at midmorning Tuesday. He said soot from the fire was settling on other cars, adding that he’s not sure how much damage the smoke has caused to those vehicles.

Cooper said it did not appear that the owners of any of the cars were present at the time of the fire, adding, “Most of these folks are probably away on business trips.”

He said the airport was trying to identify owners through license-plate numbers to let them know what happened to their vehicles.

The fire occurred in a part of the garage that is heavily used because it is near the Alaska and United ticket counters, Cooper said.