Marblehead Storage will rebuild

Cleanup where fire destroyed 43 storage units last month continues
Mark Chandler
Aug 13, 2014

Clean up has started on the Marblehead Storage Unit Facility from a fire July 18.

Multiple storage units were in the fire. 

John Spencer, owner of the facility, said he's not sure what sparked the blaze. 

"After five different investigators, the cause of the fire is still undetermined," he said.

Nancy Lemmon, who rented a storage unit at the facility, said her family suffered losses in the fire, including family photographs.

"We lost at least 20 percent of our personal property. it is all completely destroyed," she said. "We're building a house and stored some of our personal belongings here and at a condo."

Lemmon said she was with family on a boat heading to Sandusky when they saw black smoke.

"(We) didn't realize it (was their storage facility) until later that evening.

 Spencer said the storage buildings the fire destroyed will be rebuilt by early October.

A Wisconsin company will have them precut and brought out so they can start in September with the re-build.

"I just can't say thank you enough to all the 11 fire departments and the community for coming together to help," Spencer said.

Walmart and Erie Beach Market brought water out to the firemen, and the Danbury Auxiliary brought pizza to feed firefighters.  

The Red Cross also assisted. 

There were just so many that it seemed like everyone was coming out of the woodwork to help. It was just a blessing they were all here," Spencer said.

Forty-three individual storage units were determined to be a complete loss.