LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Crews are fighting a fire at 866 Courtington Ln. This address is a six-unit, two-story apartment building.
All residents escaped safely, but two firefighters were sent to the hospital. One suffered heat exhaustion. The other had low blood pressure.
One cat was rescued. Firefighters gave the cat oxygen before transporting it to a veterinarian's office.
The second unit caught fire first, which spread to all six units, all of which are a total loss. Two of those units were unoccupied.
It is estimated that six people have been displaced. The Red Cross is assisting the residents.
The public information officer for the Iona McGregor Fire Department said hydrants are scarce in that area. Firefighters had to lay down 1,500 to 2,000 feet of hose from McGregor to reach the flames.
All lanes of McGregor, between Banyon Cove and Sunset Vista, will remain shut down for the next three hours. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
Crews from Sanibel, Fort Myers, Cape Coral and South Trail fire departments all assisted in extinguishing the fire.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
"This is the only picture I have of my mother and father and my sister," said Laura Hamilton.
The few family photos on the table are the only thing Laura Hamilton has left from her home.
"I still cant believe that I dont have clothes, to go to work it, shoes," she said.
Hamilton's apartment was one of six that destroyed by a two alarm fire at the Courtington Apartment Complex Friday afternoon.
The blaze grew so fast, dozens of firefighters were called in from across the area.
"It was hot, very hot. you could feel the heat I was probabaly 30 feet away from it and it was scary it was really close to our house," said one neighbor.
Video footage from a viewer shows flames shooting from the roof and black smoke billowing in to the air.
Crews tried to save what they could from dousing water on the building from above.
"It's ok. They will rebuild it. They better," said Hamilton.