Storage Unit Fire Leaves Dozens Without Their Belongings

Dozens of renters at a Grand Junction storage facility are dealing with their losses following a fire that damaged or destroyed 50 units, Wednesday night. The investigation into what caused the fire at the Guardian Storage facility on 28 1/2 Road is underway, and authorities say arson is suspected.

The fire at wiped out several units and left many people's belongings in ruins. The unit Jennifer Cornish was renting
was right next to where the fire reportedly started just before 9:00 PM. She found out about the incident by her mother, who saw television news reports on it. She, like many others who arrived at the facility Thursday, found her belongings were completely destroyed.

The owners of the storage unit were out of town Wednesday night, but were expected to arrive back in Grand Junction late Thursday evening. Renters were being shown their units, but details concerning reimbursement for lost belongings is not quite clear to some of the victims who talked to 11 News.

Grand Junction Police Sergeant Paul Quimby said the fire may have been started by careless smoking. Fire officials say the man who was burned in the fire is at St. Mary's Hospital and was in stable condition.
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