Person appears to have been living in storage unit that burned Monday night

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Monday night, a fire happened at the storage unit behind the Timber Creek Crossing shopping center off of Old Jacksonville Highway, in the Flint Gresham area.

"When fire crews arrived, they reported smoke coming from a unit of six storage units and found that fire to be located in at least two of them, and they were able to extinguish the fire at that time," Smith County Assistant Fire Marshal Chad Hogue said.

As firefighters put out flames in storage unit 18, they found a truck, old furniture, and normal items people typically can't keep at their home.

But as they moved further into the unit, they found something somewhat unusual.

"One of them had a RV in it that an individual was living in, and was not here at the time. And a dog was present and was deceased as a result of the fire," he said.

The owner of the storage facility said he knew the man was living inside the unit but he did not have permission to do so.  The owner explains that the man was going through a tough time and he didn't want to kick him out since he is paying for the unit.

Hogue said it isn't clear how the fire started, but this isn't something he sees every day.  The fire also caused smoke damage to four other units. At this time the fire is still under investigation.

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