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Fire damages more than 3 dozen storage units

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An early morning fire Monday destroyed dozens of storage units at a metro Atlanta public storage facility. The damage to personal belongings is significant.

East Point firefighters were called to the Public Storage unit shortly after 3 a.m. on Woodberry Avenue.

While firefighters searched for a cause, Public Storage customers searched for information about property damages.

"They're not saying anything," a customer said.

Customers showed up at the business to check on their belongings. Rodney Hill said the fire damaged his stuff which he had planned to move out Tuesday.

"My whole house, everything. My clothes, my kid's clothes, my wife's clothes, our furniture, important documents," Hill said.

Investigators said 41 units were damaged, 33 by fire and another eight sustained smoke or water damage. CBS Atlanta was the first to inform Martin and Tonya Sandidge as they were moving items into storage.

"Oh God, we didn't know that," Tonya Sandidge said.

The Sandidge family said they did have insurance, but they only purchased the minimum which would not cover everything.

"I don't know about smoke damage, but they said we should be good, that's the word; we should be good," Tonya Sandidge said.

As for Hill, he too may have learned a lesson the hard way about purchasing the proper insurance to protect his items.

"Yes, we had some insurance. We had insurance, but it wasn't really enough to cover what we lost," Hill said.

Customers said they were told they would have to wait until Wednesday to move items in or out.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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