A fire that erupted among the bushes on the side of a beach road devoured 50 vehicles in the Seferihisar district of the Aegean province of İzmir late on Aug. 23.
The source of the fire remains unknown, but the flames had already advanced all the way up to nearby houses when local authorities dispatched three helicopters and 12 trucks to the area.
The fire was put out in about one hour and burned through some 10 hectares, İzmir's Forestry Directorate said.
Some of the cars that the fire dismantled were property of beach-goers who had parked near Ekmeksiz Beach to enjoy a day by the water with their family like Nida Akçay.
"I don't know how we're going to get back. Our bags, money, cards. They all burned. I don't even have home keys. Everything burned," Akçay said.
Murat Coşkun said that it was too late to save his car when he got to the scene.
"The fire had already grown too much when the fire department got here. We're waiting to be reimbursed now," Coşkun said.
Although a few people saved their cars from the blaze, beach-goer Emre Keleş said that his car was charred to the point where he couldn't recognize the license plate.More than 110 hectares of forest land burned down in Turkey in 2019