10 cars burned in Sea-Tac Airport garage fire

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 12:38 PM

SEATAC, Wash. -- Firefighters have controlled a fire that burned as many as 10 cars in the parking garage at Sea-Tac Airport. Ten vehicles caught fire and dozens more could be damaged .

An early estimate puts the vehicular damage at $250,000.

"This is the first time we had a multiple car fire we've had to respond to where they were fully engulfed," said Perry Cooper, Sea-Tac Airport spokesperson.

Cooper says Port of Seattle firefighters responded about 7 a.m. Tuesday to the fire on the sixth floor at the north end of the garage. Flames were controlled with help from the City of SeaTac Fire Department.

The initial cause of the fire is a mechanical malfunction in one car that sparked and spread to neighboring cars. The fire is not considered suspicious or any type of terrorist attack.

No one was injured in the fire.

Sea-Tac Airport officials were working with the Department of Motor Vehicles to notify the owners of the damaged cars.

Cooper says airport operations remained normal. The arrival and departure drives remained open. Ticketing and flights were not affected.

Smoke closed a service tunnel at the airport. Doors to the north end of the terminal were closed when smoke started to drift in.

The airport garage has room for 13,000 vehicles.

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