Fire damaged several self-storage units at a facility in Santa
Cruz early this morning, the fire department reported.
At around 2:55 a.m., firefighters responded to a report of heavy
smoke coming from the second story of a 24-unit building at Santa Cruz Self
Storage, located at 203 Walnut Ave., according to the Santa Cruz Fire
Crews quickly extinguished the blaze but were forced to open the
roof to relieve smoke and heat throughout the upper floor, fire officials
Flames did not spread to other buildings at the facility.
Smoke and fire caused heavy damage to the structure and several
units inside, according to the fire department.
An initial investigation revealed that the cause the fire appeared
to be discarded smoking material, officials said.
Damage to the structure was estimated at $75,000.