Fire destroys 21 Milton storage units

Published: Apr. 8, 2019 at 6:23 AM EDT
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A number of families are sifting through the ashes after 21 storage units were damaged in an overnight fire in Milton.

It happened around 12:30 a.m. Monday at EZ Access Storage off Route 7. When crews arrived on scene they say about one-third of the 200-foot structures were engulfed in flames.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries but was treated at the scene.

Milton Police and the state arson unit are investigating the cause of the suspicious fire.

"Just because of the unknown contents of the units, state hazmat was called, but they didn't actually end up coming out, and we confirmed there were no chemicals or anything in the units that were involved in this fire," Milton Police Det. Nick Hendry said.

We were there as the owners of the storage units saw family members saw the countless personal items, some priceless, completely destroyed.

"I basically burst into tears and just kind of thought, 'our family has to rebuild again,'" said Faith Davis of Milton.

Rebuilding from the ashes of what Davis says was her family's whole world, tucked away in one storage unit.

"The last year and a half we've been homeless," said Davis.

But Davis says things were looking up. She just put down a deposit on an apartment, a place she and her daughter, Donna, could finally call home.

To prepare for the move, they recently gathered all of their belongings and put it in this storage unit.

Now, she says they'll be moving with just the clothes on their backs and the few items they keep in their car. But she says, there's no use in dwelling on what's been lost, but rather on what they still have.

"When we got here, there was a jewelry box that had a lot of my grandmother's stuff in it, and that wasn't burnt, so obviously she was with us today," said Davis.

Police suggest you contact EZ Access Storage if you believe one of your units was damaged. They also encourage anyone who uses a storage unit to invest in insurance in case something like this happens.