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Investigators searching for a cause in storage facility fire

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- NBC Right Now is following up on a fire that nearly destroyed a storage facility in Yakima Sunday. Fire investigators spent the day picking through the rubble, trying to find the cause.

"What's in there? Most everything I own is in there," said Connie Cross.

Cross is one of many customers who kept priceless family heirlooms and memories inside the Bernd storage facility on North 18th Ave.

"Pictures, and books, and music is all in there. So I have a feeling I've lost all that," said Cross.

Sunday's fire ripped through the facility and investigators were busy Monday working to figure out how it started.

"On large commercial buildings, what happens is that there's so much product to remove at times that we have to kind of sift through the, we have to pull out the big stuff and sift through the small stuff," said Capt. Brandon Dorenbush with Yakima fire.

Bernd Moving Systems has been in Yakima since 1965, and in that building since 1968.

Captain Dorenbush says the building did not have a fire suppression system inside, but it was up to code and passed an inspection about 13 months ago.

"It did not have additional safeguards, like a sprinkler system in it, but it did have an alarm system which was activated, which alerted us," said Dorenbush.

The company's owners did not want to go on camera but say they're devastated this happened.

They're working with investigators and their insurance company to figure out what's next and say customers will be contacted as soon as possible. 

"Hopefully we can save some of it, I don't know," said Cross.

Investigators are still working to figure out the cause.

 
Damage is estimated at over a million dollars.

We'll continue to keep track of this investigation and bring you more information when it's available.

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