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Sheriff's Office, fire marshal investigate possible arson

By Katie Demeria

The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office is working with the county's fire marshal to investigate a suspected case of arson and breaking and entering at Strasburg Self Storage.

According to Major Scott Proctor, deputies were called to the 100 Quarry Lane scene shortly after midnight on April 1.

"The fire marshal, David Ferguson, is leading the investigation," Proctor said. "Of course we're working jointly with him, and that's directly related to the arson part of it."

By the time the deputies reached the scene, Proctor said, the building was already on fire and firefighters were battling the flames.

Several units were damaged, he continued.

"At last count over a dozen had been broken into and the contents were damaged or destroyed," he said.

Several items within the units were removed as well, Proctor said. Due to the high amount of damage, though, it is unclear how much was taken.

The Strasburg Fire Department was one of the first to respond to the scene late on March 31. Fire Chief Jeff Wharton said the 120-by-120 building was engulfed when they arrived.

Crews were still out fighting flames within individual storage units at 10 a.m. April 1, according to Wharton.

Proctor said the Sheriff's Office is requesting anyone with information about items stored in the units to come forward.

"Anybody that has a rental unit in that location, if at some point they determine something is missing, just give the Sheriff's Office a call," he said. "We'll welcome any information if anybody has anything."

According to Proctor, the investigation is ongoing.

Contact staff writer Katie Demeria at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kdemeria@nvdaily.com

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