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Storage unit fire that injured two fire fighters now out, investigation into cause begins

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (KIAH) Two firefighters received minor injuries in an hours-long battle against a fire at CubeSmart Self Storage in the Woodlands overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning.

South Montgomery County Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Leggio reported that the fire was finally out around 10:20 a.m., 15 hours after it started inside the two story building at the intersection of Sawdust Road and Grogan’s Mill Road.

The nature of the building — dozens of individual, locked storage units that open to interior hallways — made it hard for firefighters to put out all the flames.

“Every single unit is a separate box, a big metal box,” Leggio said. “There was fire in many many of them. We had to force entry into every single one.”

He estimates that 25% of the units on the second floor of the building sustained damage from smoke and flames.

Water from firefighters’ hoses got into a “significant” number of other units.

At this point, storage unit renters don’t know if their units were affected or if their stored belongings were damaged.

“I’ve got some Christmas decorations in there, some lights, quite a lot of tools and that sort of thing,” Geoff Dunn said. “I’ll be disappointed if it’s all gone.”

It’s unclear if the injured firefighters required hospitalization.

One received treatment at the scene of the fire for burned fingers and the other suffered an ankle injury.

The fire reached five alarm status with multiple departments from Montgomery and Harris Coutnies responding.

At the peak of the response, 56 fire trucks and other vehicles were on scene with crews of three to four firefighters apiece.

“It’s a big undertaking,” Leggio said. “Kudos to all the firefighters who were here tonight.”

Now that the fire is out, he said, the investigation into what caused it is getting underway.

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