Fire destroys or damages 30 units at Volusia self-storage facility

No injuries reported

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – About 30 units were destroyed or damaged by fire and smoke Tuesday morning at Storquest Self Storage on Tuesday morning in Volusia County, officials said.

 "I could smell it. Just pouring out of the doors," Scott Williams said.

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Williams called 911 after he drove by the storage facility around 7:30 a.m.

"It was scary. When I pulled in, I started shaking. Fires are just nervous. Especially in a gated area," he said.

Within four minutes, firefighters from multiple agencies arrived and used chainsaws to cut through the units. It didn't take long for them to douse the flames before it could jump to other buildings within the facility.

"First thing I could think of is that we got a few things left. A baby grand piano is in there," Williams said.

Lucky for Williams, he learned his unit was untouched. 

"Thank God. But, I saw some people who lost some stuff," he said.

Dennis Dearborn anxiously waited to hear about his two units that were filled with precious memories.

"I've got a lot of family stuff that belonged to my mom and dad," he said.

Including family heirlooms and his father's gun from the war.

"One of the things that I'm really concerned about it is my, I'm hoping it made it, is the M1 carbine that my dad had in WWII," he said.

Dearborn was told the flames destroyed both units. 

Fire officials said it's still unclear what caused the fire but they don't believe it was suspicious. No one was injured.

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