We always recommend consumers checkout the fire precautions and alarm systems in their self storage facility and there is a very good reason. Facilities without an adequate fire prevention policy, a smoke detection system and a fire alarm that is monitored 24 hours a day, catch fire with surprising regularity. Here are some examples from the last three days.
A fire at ExtraSpace Storage, Holiday, FL. was attended by Pasco County Fire Rescue Crews at 1.35 a.m. Monday after a 911 call was made by a member of the public who happened to be driving by. Approximately 40 out of 100 units in the storage facility have been destroyed. The facility has no sprinklers or fire alarms. Fire investigators at the scene say they have a surveillance video that shows a man scaling downspouts, sprinting across roofs, climbing down and setting storage units on fire. Investigators are offering a reward for information that leads them to the arrest of the arsonist.
ExtraSpace Storage obviously did not have an urgent review of fire prevention and detection following the 14 hour fire at their Venice, CA facility 3 months ago.
About 20 storage units sustained fire damage and more had smoke and water damage during a fire at SecurCare Self Storage Center in Tulsa. The fire started sometime before 12:30 a.m. Sunday and lasted for about 90 minutes. Arson investigators are checking surveillance video to see if they can determine what started the fire. Firefighters are reported as seeing a woman leaving the storage facility as they arrived and are trying to determine if it was a renter or an intruder.
Yes another one at the same company but different premises! At least 10 storage units were damaged by fire at the SecurCare Self Storage Colorado Springs facility. Colorado Springs Fire Department arrived shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday to find several storage units on fire following a reported explosion. Firefighters had the fire under control with in an hour and the hazmat crew made sure there was no hazardous material release. Fire investigators arrived at the scene but so far the cause is unknown.
Check your self storage units have operational fire prevention and detection equipment in use!
Update February 16th, 2015: Police have arrested a man in connection with the fire at ExtraSpace Storage, Holiday, FL. two days ago. The 18 year old set fire to a unit that belonged to his mother’s ex-boyfriend. After forcing the lock he poured gas from a container onto the contents. Apparently when he lit the gas he was burned by the resulting flash and received minor burns to the hand. The resulting fire caused over $200,000 worth of structural damage.