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People pick up the pieces after storage unit fire

Posted at 6:45 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 20:13:59-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Cleaning crews were on the site of a massive fire that broke out at a storage facility on Kostoryz and SPID Monday.

U-Haul had to contact 168 renters. That's how many units are in the building that set fire.

Those renters were able to inspect their losses on Wednesday.

"It's horrible. It looks like something exploded." Laura Trejo said.

Trejo has been an avid designer doll collector for years.

"Almost all of my collection is in that storage unit. These aren't the dolls that you buy over the counter." Trejo said. "These are the ones that you order online that are very expensive."

Trejo was in San Antonio when she received a text about the fire and then saw video of the storage unit online.

"I could see the letter C and I just knew right away that it was my storage unit." Trejo said. "From the looks of it from the outside, I'm pretty sure I have a total loss."

Other units were filled with family photos or fine art.

"I saw a comic book collection, still some of them in the plastic wrappings on the ground. But definitely piles of charred items." Tina Butler said.

Some units were still off limits Wednesday because of safety concerns. The renters of those units will have to come back on Thursday. They remain hopeful that their belongings will be salvageable.

"What I'm really looking forward to retrieving is my high school letterman jacket," Trejo said. "I was so happy when my mom gave that to me."

Insurance representatives are on site this week to meet with those who lost belongings in the fire.

U-Haul is asking renters in that building to come by as soon as they can.

All the property in the damaged units will be moved out and put into other rental containers.

U-haul is also providing manual labor for those who need it.