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 said Port of Seattle firefighters responded after smoke was seen pouring out of the sixth floor of the north end of the garage around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday. Smoke closed a service tunnel at the airport. Doors to the north end of the terminal were closed when smoke started to drift in.
Flames were controlled with help from the City of SeaTac Fire Department. No one was injured in the fire.
Firefighters say their working theory is that the driver of a BMW parked inside the garage. Shortly afterward, the car leaked fuel, which ran underneath several cars and at some point ignited. The fire is not considered suspicious or any type of terrorist attack; King County arson investigators were brought in to make sure that arson was not involved.
Sea-Tac Airport officials were working with the Department of Motor Vehicles to notify the owners of the damaged cars.
The airport garage has room for 13,000 vehicles.