Victims of storage fire want answers

Mobile County

TILLMANS CORNER, Ala. (WKRG) – It has been more than 48 hours since a storage facility in Tillmans Corner caught fire. The building burned for nearly 20 hours.

People who stored their belongings there are still wondering what happened. Smoke was still seen coming from the Red Dot Storage facility Saturday. People have been stopping by since the fire broke out, checking on what’s left of their things. They tell News 5, they just want answers.

“My whole house was in there,” said Carla Carptender.

Carla Carpenter stopped by her storage facility Saturday afternoon for the third time in just two days.

“Just to see if anything was salvageable, but to look at it, it doesn’t look like there’s going to be,” said Carpenter. 

She recently got divorced and had almost everything stored inside. “My hope chest when I was a kid. Pictures. Pictures from when I was a little girl, from when my mom and dad were little kids. A picture of my dad when he was in his little pedal pusher fire truck,” said Carpenter. 

She’s trying to catch a glimpse of what is left of her unit. Because of the destruction, she can’t tell where her unit was, she’s hoping there’s something left to sift through. 

“My mom was adopted. Her adoption papers were in there,” said Carpenter. 

But she is uncertain if anything can be saved. 

“The couch, the chairs, the dressers, that can all be replaced. I don’t care about that. It’s the pictures. I have the memories in my head, but memories fade after a while. And I can’t pass it to my grandkids.”

She does admit, she’s lucky, she had personal insurance. But, she says she is tired of having to start all over. 

“Life just continues to punch us down. But I’m going to get right back up because God’s in control. He’s going to get us right back up,” said Carpenter. 

Crime scene tape blocks storage unit owners from seeing what they can save from the rubble.

The State Fire Marshall is now investigating the cause. 

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