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Storage units at Miami Gardens facility destroyed in blaze

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) -- A fierce fire that broke out at a storage facility is to blame for dozens of storage units being burned beyond recognition.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene of the fire at the Public Storage facility, in the area of 3505 N.W. 167th St., shortly after 5 p.m. Monday. The raging fire charred 40 units.

"I saw a big cloud, a black cloud of smoke," said Jorge Garcia.

Tuesday, the cleanup was underway, as customers continued to arrive on the scene to check their units and personal belongings for any damage. Garcia was one of the lucky ones. "It's fine. Thank God it didn't get caught in the fire, but a lot of people's [units] did," said Garcia. "I have everything from my house in there."

The fire was put out just inches before reaching Garica's valuables.

Many of the renters said they had insurance, but still, that will not bring back their belongings. "I got all my tools and equipment inside there. I don't want to lose all my stuff. I had insurance, but screw that. I need my equipment," said David Bryant.

Officials said the cause of the fire was electrical.

A number of storage customers did have insurance on their individual units. Adjustors have also been on the property for the better part of Tuesday but an exact damage total on the property lost had not been reached.


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