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Up to 80 storage units destroyed in Auburn fire

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on July 12, 2012 at 10:44 am with 2 Comments »
July 12, 2012 11:41 am

A four-alarm fire that ripped through a storage facility in Auburn Wednesday night damaged or destroyed 70-80 units, according to Valley Regional Fire Authority.

Investigators are at the scene this morning trying to determine the cause.

Smoke and flames were first spotted at Auburn Way South Storage, 917 Auburn Way South, about 6:30 p.m. By 8 p.m., the blaze had been upgraded to a four-alarm call and more than 70 firefighters from multiple agencies responded.

A Metro bus was brought in to use as a cooling station for firefighters, who were rotated in and out of the rotation due to the extreme heat.

The facility houses 11 storage buildings. The fire was contained to one building, which contained 105 units. Twenty were not being rented at the time of the fire, according to the facility’s owner.

Firefighters doused the flames by 11 p.m., Valley Regional spokeswoman Kimberly McDonald said.

It took longer to extinguish the blaze because the building was built before city code required sprinklers, she added.

One injury was reported to a firefighter who suffered a finger laceration.

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  1. Irritated says:

    I hope this storage unit required people to have insurance like mine does. I would have gotten a 25k paycheck if that happened to me. I way could have replaced my stuff for that.

  2. grandmax4 says:

    yes,they require us to have insurance.but insurance money does not replace keepsakes or photos.alot went in yesterday to find all thier belongings to be a pile of ash,we went into find a stuff burnt,or ruined with smoke and water. I want to give a big thank you to the fire department who worked very hard trying to save our belongings.as for the person who caused the fire,hope it wasen’t for the money?cause we all will make sure you will be behind bars and can’t spend it……

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