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Termites eat through boxes left in Clearwater storage unit

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Termites ate through boxes of items that Gerald Curci had at a Clearwater storage unit. Termites ate through boxes of items that Gerald Curci had at a Clearwater storage unit.
Termites ate through boxes of items that Gerald Curci had at a Clearwater storage unit. Termites ate through boxes of items that Gerald Curci had at a Clearwater storage unit.
Termites ate through boxes of items that Gerald Curci had at a Clearwater storage unit. Termites ate through boxes of items that Gerald Curci had at a Clearwater storage unit.
Termites ate through boxes of items that Gerald Curci had at a Clearwater storage unit. Termites ate through boxes of items that Gerald Curci had at a Clearwater storage unit.
Termites ate through boxes of items that Gerald Curci had at a Clearwater storage unit. Termites ate through boxes of items that Gerald Curci had at a Clearwater storage unit.
CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) -

If you pay for a storage unit, how do you know you're stuff won't be damaged while it's there?

For 15 years, Gerald Curci, of Clearwater, paid for a unit at U-Haul Moving & Storage of Sunset Point. He stored collectibles that he and his wife planned to pass down to their children and grandchildren. They also went back every year to take out Christmas decorations. But this year, they found termites had eaten through most of their boxes and destroyed their belongings, which included vintage Disney collectibles.

"All the boxes were eaten and they just fell apart," Curci said.

He said U-Haul managers were just as shocked as he was. But U-Haul told him he's on his own, and they're not responsible.

"There are cracks in the floor and he said they must have come up through there. because where would they come from, I mean it's metal and concrete," Curci said.

When you sign up for U-Haul storage space, you can buy insurance at an additional cost. You can buy coverage for fire, water damage and rodents, but termites isn't something typically found in a metal building with a concrete floor, and termite damage isn't covered.

U-Haul's insurance company won't cover it either. The company, Repwest, sent Curci an email that said, "Our investigation reveals no evidence of negligence on the part of U-Haul, or its employees."

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