Canton Storage Facility Catches Fire

Published 08/20 2014 05:25PM

Updated 08/20 2014 05:37PM

CANTON - Investigators are looking into a suspicious fire that damaged more than ten units at a Canton storage facility.

The fire caused more than $100,000 in damage.

The Canton Fire Department was called to the fire at the intersection of 8th and Oak St. just after 5:30 A.M.

The crew took about a half-hour to put out the flames.

Investigator Jay Smith has been battling fires for a long time.

He says a breakout at a storage facility is rare.

 “This is the first one in the 32 years I've been doing this,” said Canton Fire Department Investigator Jay Smith.

He and other investigators are suspicious.

“There is no electricity or gas here so that is why we probably suspect it is arson at this point.”

The fire broke out early Wednesday morning at one of the 11 affected units.

“We just try to determine the point of origin and determine whether it was a chemical agent or could be as simple as a lighter,” said Inspector Josh Wages.

The fire crew arrived to flames and smoke billowing from the building.

“It's not like kicking in a door and crawling into a house fire. So we've got to take our saws to gain entry,” said Smith.

The crew gutted one unit to put out the fire from the inside.

Before firefighters could douse the flames, other units and everything inside those units suffered about
160-thousand dollars worth of damage.

“The heat can actually melt the consoles on the TV's pretty easily.”

The storage unit owner says household items like TVs and couches were stored in most of the units.

Now with the help of the state Fire Marshal, Canton authorities will work to determine the cause of the fire.

“We'll probably start having to empty the storage units out to see if we can actually determine how the thing started.”

The owner of the storage facility says she does have insurance and the eleven renters who were affected by the fire have all been informed. Thankfully no one was hurt.

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