We were horrified to see the destruction caused by the fire and explosion Wednesday in West, TX. This disaster was particularly heartbreaking because it came in the same week as the Boston Marathon bombing. SpareFoot’s office is about 120 miles southwest of West, which is why this most recent tragedy hits especially close to home.

Some of us have driven many times through this small town, which is along I-35 between Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth. And some of us also have stopped at West’s best-known landmark, a beloved place called Czech Stop that serves a fruit-laced pastry known as a kolache.

To help our neighbors in West, we’re donating a free month of storage to businesses, families and individuals in West who need temporary space to store and protect their belongings.

While the offer lasts, SpareFoot will mail a check to cover a victim’s first month of self-storage rent (up to $100). The check will cover rental of a storage unit within a 100-mile radius of West. Customers must move in by May 18, 2013. Additional details about the offer are available on the SpareFoot website.

As our co-founder and CEO, Chuck Gordon, points out: “While human lives obviously are the most important consideration in a situation like this, we at SpareFoot hope our offer of free storage space can help the people of West recover from this trauma.”

We can offer free storage space and our sympathies, but we wish we could undo the trauma and pain that West is feeling.

Image courtesy of Andy Bartee