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Vehicle owners sort through damage after fire

Posted at 2:40 PM, Apr 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-11 23:43:47-04

UPDATE: Dozens of vehicles at the storage facility are now charred shells as owners come to terms with the damage from Saturday's fire.

Fighting through their shock, victims of the fire at the facility located near Lake Mead Boulevard and Tenaya Way picked through the wreckage.

"It's very hard to see this," Terri Coral said. "It's hard."

Management says when someone tried to start their RV, it backfired and caused a chain reaction leading to 37 vehicles damaged and $2.5 million in damage.

A manager at the facility said it's been a "nightmare."

"You get insurance but you never think it's really going to happen when you're in a place like this," said Mike Suckow.

One couple is looking into a possible negligence lawsuit against the facility, saying something like this should have never happened. They said their RV was not in the same space as marked on their contract.



RVs at a U-Haul storage facility caught fire Saturday afternoon in the northwest part of the valley.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue responded to the blaze at 2:07 p.m. in the 7440 block of West Lake Mead Boulevard, near Tenaya Way. And RV motor home caught fire while starting. The driver and a facility worker tried to use fire extinguishers before it got out of hand and spread to other vehicles.

A row of trailers and RVs were reported on fire, sending black plumes of smoke that could be seen around the valley. 37 vehicles, including boats, truck, trailers or motor homes, were damaged or destroyed by the fire. Damage is estimated around $2.5 million.

Firefighters said the blaze was fueled by plastics, tires and propane.

There was no damage to storage buildings.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

No injuries have been reported.

Eastbound Lake Mead Boulevard was closed at Buffalo Drive as a result of the fire.

This is a developing story. Check back to 13 Action News for updates.