FORT MYERS, Fla.- WINK News has confirmed the fire that destroyed condos in South Fort Myers Friday was electrical in nature. Iona-McGregor Battalion Chief Barry Ashman said the fire started in a storage shed in the back side of the second unit of the Courtington Condos on McGregor Boulevard.
Firefighters deemed all six units in the Hyde Park neighborhood a total loss. They condemned the building and cordoned it off with yellow tape. Those who lived there returned Monday to try to salvage any recognizable belongings. Most of them were looking for heirlooms and family photos to take with them.
The battalion chief told WINK News the building will eventually be torn down.
Bruce Plummer, Jr. helped his parents who own the unit the fire started in Monday afternoon. Plummer told WINK News the family owns the unit, but it is not insured.
"I feel for my family. I mean there's nothing else I can do. I've just been trying to help. I've taken off from work, and just trying to help search for anything that will help my family," he said.
The Red Cross will provide accommodations for the displaced residents for five days, so many are looking for a place to go after that.
Donations are being accepted at First Assembly of God Church on Summerlin Road in Fort Myers.