Self-Storage Disaster

Firefighters tackled a blaze at a Lancashire Storage Warehouse which broke out on Sunday 3rd February 2019. The storage unit was at a commercial premises in Chorley and was used to store commercial stock as well as a metal recycling facility. The cause of the fire is yet unknown. This fire follows another earlier in the year at a Shurgard self-storage unit in Croydon which saw one customer lose £180,000 of his possessions. The lack of a sprinkler system in place in the storage facility was an area that raised questions from MPs and customers who were affected by the fire.

The Shurgard fire in Croydon that caused numerous customers to lose their belongings and sentimental items is not the first time Shurgard have been in the news regarding a self-storage disaster. It was reported by the BBC on 14th September 2017 there was a rat infestation in a self-storage unit in Reading causing £10,000 worth of damage to a couple’s possessions. The storage company Shurgard, notified customers that one user has been storing “perishable food items” which had caused the damage to this couple’s personal belongings including wedding photos, clothing and sentimental items. The couple were insured, however insurance won’t replace the sentimental items ruined by the rodents that were present in the storage unit.

Elsewhere in Tottenham, on the 19th September 2017 a fire broke out in a self-storage unit that called 140 firefighters to the storage warehouse at White Hart Lane. The Safehouse self-storage Unit have yet to confirm the source of the fire, but have commentated that hazardous material including cylinders are in the vicinity. This self-storage unit not only contained individual items, but business inventory too.

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These self-storage disasters highlight the fact that you never truly know what you are storing your items next to. The potential for damage from fire is high, as well as the potential for rodents, if the type of material being stored in not monitored. With unrestricted public access, the potential for disaster is again increased, along with the increased potential for a data breach if sensitive information is being stored in self-storage units. These are just some of the potential issues associated with self-storage.

See why we recommend choosing an off-site storage unit compared to a self-storage unit in our video below.

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