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Storage unit tenants file claims against Newport Beach over property lost in 2016 fire

Storage unit tenants file claims against Newport Beach over property lost in 2016 fire

Nineteen people whose belongings were destroyed in a 2016 fire that burned two storage facilities in Newport Beach filed claims against the city this month alleging that officials ignored code violations at the property, including people sleeping in units and storing items that created a fire hazard.

The four-alarm blaze in the 800 block of Production Place was reported early Nov. 11. A firefighter and a man who was living in a storage unit were injured.

Storage tenants said keepsakes including photo albums, ancestry records dating to 1810, vintage collectibles, vehicles, boats, motorcycles and watercraft were destroyed in the fire.

Authorities said the fire was...

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