Fire causes $1 million in damage at public storage facility in Largo

At least twenty units damaged in fire
Posted at 3:41 AM, Apr 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-27 17:41:14-04

A fire at a Public Storage facility early Thursday morning in Pinellas County causes $1 million in damage.

The facility is located at 14770 66th Street North in Largo.

Crews first responded to reports of smoke in the area. They report at least twenty units caught fire.

Firefighters forced open each unit that was burning so they could extinguish the flames. Officials say weapons and ammunition were stored inside one of the units on fire.

Most storage facilities, including a Public Storage at another location ban combustible items like ammunition. 

"You're not supposed to have nothing explosive," said Maykel Morffi, who rents a unit at the facility, "No bullets, no guns, none of it." 

Morffi estimates he had more than $30,000 worth of items, mostly collectibles destroyed. 

"It's gone," he said, "nothing you can do." 

He has insurance, but says he's just found out it will only cover some of the damage, not all. 

Major insurers like Allstate, cover items destroyed in storage units to a fire through your homeowner's or renter's insurance.  

Their website specifies you must check to make sure your coverage lists that in your plan. 

There is no word yet on how the fire began.