More than 3,500 rental cars were damaged or destroyed in a huge fire that burned near a Florida airport.

The cars were in a grassy area used as an overflow lot by car rental companies at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers when thousands of vehicles caught fire.

Firefighters managed to contain the blaze using helicopters to dump water on the flames that stretched across the lot late on Friday night. 

Witnesses said they heard multiple small explosions and flames leaping high into the air as the flames spread across the area. Source