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Fire rips through Lebanon storage units; cause undetermined

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Photo: Lebanon Fire District Photo: Lebanon Fire District
Photo: Lebanon Fire District Photo: Lebanon Fire District
LEBANON, OR (KPTV) -

A fire ripped through storage units in Lebanon, but investigators have been unable to determine a cause for the fire.

Firefighters responded to Copper Canyon Mini Storage on the 1100 block of Airway Road at 7:28 p.m. Tuesday.

A couple and their son were at the storage facility loading items into their unit when they smelled smoke. They then heard two loud explosions and saw fire coming from the roof of the building.

The adults used on-site fire extinguishers, but were not able to put out the fire. They called 911.

One person was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

Four 10-by-20 units were heavily damaged by the fire, while neighboring units received heat and smoke damage.

Investigators moved from unit to unit on Thursday and were able to determine the area where the fire started, but there was not sufficient evidence to determine the cause of the fire.

None of the storage units have interior lighting or electricity and the only electric service to the buildings is for the LED security lights mounted around the exterior of the structure.

After consulting with an electrician, fire investigators eliminated the security lights as a possible cause because they are controlled by a sensor that does not supply power to the circuits until triggered by darkness.

Copper Canyon Mini Storage has been open for less than three months. Damage to the building is estimated at upward of $25,000, with damage to the contents at $23,500.

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