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Fire at Clearwater storage facility causes nearly $1 million in damage



A fire at a Clearwater storage facility Wednesday night damaged 18 units and caused an estimated $1 million in damage, according to law enforcement officials.

Largo Fire Rescue crews were dispatched to the Public Storage facility, 14770 66th St. N, around 10:38 p.m. after receiving a report of smoke.

When crews arrived, they spotted the blaze and upgraded the response to a three-alarm fire.

“(The units) have a lot of combustibles in them — a lot packed tight,” Largo Deputy Fire Chief David Mixson said. “It takes awhile to get to all of the stuff.”

The size of the fire, along with the difficulty of gaining access, are among the factors that slowed crews down, officials said.

It took more than an hour to control the blaze, which caused about $300,000 in building damage, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is not believed to be suspicious in nature, a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokeman said.

 Times Staff Writer Kathryn Varn contributed to this report. Contact Samantha Putterman at [email protected] Follow @samputterman.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 27, 2017 10:53am]


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