A LARGE fire ripped through a car park at Bristol Airport this morning, destroying a number of vehicles.

Thick smoke could be seen billowing over the runway as vehicles in the Silver Zone car park were engulfed by the flames.

Multiple fire crews raced to attend the scene while the airport fire service began tackling the blaze.

It is understood 11 vehicles were damaged - and five "completely destroyed".

The fire is said to have begun at around 10am today and is believed to have been caused by "accidental ignition”. 

The airport runway briefly closed as a safety precaution but has since reopened.

The blaze is said to have been extinguished at 12pm and no injuries were reported.

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A spokesperson from Avon Fire and Rescue said: "We received a call at 10am this morning to reports of a car fire at Bristol Airport.

"On arrival airport fire services were already attending putting cars out.

"Three breathing apparatus were used from Avon Fire and Rescue and two from the airport fire service.

"Three hose jets were used to put the fire out and 11 cars were involved in total.

"The damage ranged from 20 per cent to 100 per cent and approximately four or five vehicles were completely burnt out."