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State Fire Marshal probing DeLand storage unit fire

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The State Fire Marshal's office is trying to determine the cause of a spectacular early morning fire at a storage facility in Volusia County.

The flames became very intense inside one storage unit at Kepler Storage in DeLand.  The fire broke out around seven o'clock Monday morning and it damaged three units.

"Crews right now are just in there trying to figure out what the case of the fire was, exactly where it started, and come up with a determination of why we had the fire," said Rusty Case, Battalion Commander with Volusia County Fire Services.

Three state investigators spent all day on the scene.  They used a dog trained to detect accelerants.  Witnesses say they heard explosions during the fire

Case tells us, "There were some explosions. There were aerosol cans in there. That alone could have caused the explosions. We're not sure what all exploded."

The State Fire Marshal's office tells FOX 35  that investigators will send fire debris samples to the state lab for testing, and they will analyze burn patterns as they try to figure out what caused the fire.   

The storage business owner Rob Cerame says the man who rents the unit that burned, uses it to store scrap metal and appliances that he collects and then sells.

The investigation could take a few more days and they do not yet have an estimate on damages.


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