RANSON, W.VA. - A fire that destroyed more than a dozen storage units in Ranson early Friday is considered to be suspicious and is being investigated by the Ranson Police Department and the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's office, Independent Fire Co. Chief Ed Smith said.
Firefighters from all five Jefferson County companies, along with units from Berkeley County, Virginia and Maryland, were dispatched to Jefferson Self-Storage at 501 N. Mildred St., beginning at 3:23 a.m., Smith said.
Damage to the storage facility was estimated at $150,000, but Smith was unsure about the damage to the contents of 15 units, ranging from furniture to pianos.
"There's a lot of stuff stored in there ... As a rough guess, we're starting at $50,000," Smith said.
Kara Money, office manager for Jefferson Self-Storage, said the business didn't keep an inventory of what was contained at the business, but confirmed that 14 units of the 323-unit facility were destroyed and others had received smoke damage.