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RVs, Boats Burn in Fire at Texas Storage Facility

Investigators in Leon Valley of San Antonio, Texas, are trying to determine what caused a fire at a storage facility that houses RVs, boats and other property.

The fire at Leon Valley Storage Annex broke out shortly after 4 a.m. on a recent Wednesday. Leon Valley fire crews got the call about the fire, then called for help, themselves.

“As the guys left the station, which is right behind it, they saw there was a significant fire at this location,” said Assistant Chief Eric Burnside with the Leon Valley Fire Department. “Crews arrived to find approximately four storage bays fully consumed by fire.”

Burnside said he wasn’t sure right away how much property was damaged, but several RVs appeared to have been burned. Fortunately, no one was hurt fighting the fire.

However, Burnside said the potential for even more serious trouble was there. He said crews had to steer clear of hazards such as propane tanks. “Gasoline tanks, diesel tanks, generators,” he said. “Some people have welders and welder trailers set up here. There are so many different types of hazards at storage places, you just don’t know what type of fire you’ll find.”

What they did not find was the cause of the fire. Burnside said investigators would have to wait for the site to cool down before they could begin searching the area.

The fire is a reminder to all RV and boat storage property owners to review insurance policies and make sure they have the coverage needed to protect their business. 

According to Terry Anderson of Tenant Property Protection, “Every RV and boat storage facility must develop a Risk Management Assessment and Plan. Without it, their high-income asset is subjected to devastation from every weather-related event and incidences of theft.” 

“Owner/operator negligence in preparing for the risk of winds, fires and burglary has led to the rising cost of property and casualty insurance rates,” he continues. “A Risk Management Assessment and Plan is a way to save profits and costs when faced with potential losses. Every good general business property and casualty agency in the storage industry should have a resource available to meet this need.”

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