Fire damages at least two buildings at storage facility in Owensboro

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OWENSBORO, Ky (WEHT) A fire damages at least two buildings at a storage facility in Owensboro.

The fire happened at AAA Rent-A-Space on West 4th Street in Owensboro.

“My mother, who passed away, had stuff in it. My brother-in-law’s stuff, who passed away, is in there,” said Jack Gish of Owensboro. Those were some of the items he had stored in one of the storage unit buildings that caught fire around noon today.

“I tried to get as close as I possibly could so that I could make sure our building was involved, and it is,” he recalled. “That’s the worst part is losing things that we can’t replace.”

Owensboro Fire Battalion Chief Colter Tate says at least a third of one of the buildings were already on fire by the time they arrived, and it spread to a neighboring one. (Colter tate) 

“The wind played a factor into that, as well as how close those buildings are to each other,” Tate said.

Smoke was visible through parts of west owensboro for a few hours.One workers at Murphy Excavating, which is next door to AAA Rent-A-Space, said it was blowing so bad, it was coming towards their building. It startled workers, who also realized some of their equipment was near the property.

“We have a lot of expensive equipment here backed up to this fence, so I knew we needed to get that moved. Several of our guys were here, and we were finding the keys to everything. We got everything moved off the lot,” said Kim Griffin of Murphy.

Firefighters described it as a wind fed fire due to how it moved from one building to another. Roads around the facility were closed for about six hours while firefighters were on scene. Those who lost personal items in the fire now must wait to see what they can salvage.

“Hopefully, there will be, but it’s not looking possible right now,” Gish says.

Owensboro Fire and Owensboro Police are investigating the cause.

(This story was originally published on October 21, 2021)

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