FORT MYERS, Fla.- Authorities say someone set fire to a Fort Myers grocery store, and the family living there has to find somewhere else to go. The fire started at Max Grocery, near Second Street and Center Road in Page Park around 4:30 a.m.
Investigators say the fire originated outside the building and that accelerants were used.
The Garcia family was living in an apartment unit behind the grocery store, and say they have no idea how the fire might have started or who did it. They were simply concerned about getting out.
"We were sleeping. We woke up to smoke and the smell of burning," said resident Jose Garcia, as translated.
That's when Garcia's family immediately ran from their apartment.
"We left the building. We smelled burning. It was dark we couldn't see anything. When we got outside, there was just a lot of smoke," said Garcia, as translated.
Two of Garcia's children were sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation, and at last check, were expected to be OK. The Red Cross is assisting the family, who can't live in the building because power had to be disconnected.
There was also a close call for a South Trail firefighter who fell through the roof of the building while ventilating it. He was treated and released on the scene.
"In this case, we're glad it wasn't any worse than that, but it does make your heart skip a beat," said Chief William Lombardo, of South Trail Fire.
Investigators have recovered surveillance video, but are still asking for witness tips to help solve this arson.
If you have any information, call 1-877-NO-ARSON.