NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- North Fort Myers firefighters are cleaning up after a fire broke out in a mobile home at 1064 Tamiami Trail around 6:00 a.m. Thursday.
North Fort Myers Fire Battalion Chief Derrill Alvarez said three people were inside when the fire started, one adult and two children, who all made it out unharmed.
Our partners at the News-Press reported that Mike Dyson lives in the trailer that caught fire, and that he was on his way to work around 6:00 a.m. when his wife called him about the fire.
"It's tragic, but I'm just glad my wife and kids got out," he said.
Dyson's wife and 1- and 3-year-olds were sleeping in the mobile home when the fire started.
"That man right there is the hero," Dyson said of Tony Strong, a cab driver who happened to see the fire as he was driving the Edison Bridge.
Strong drove to the mobile home expecting to see firefighters at the scene. He instead saw 10-foot-high flames shooting up through the roof.
"I just started banging on the door and yelling for them to get out," he said. "I guess they were sleeping, so I broke the window."
Dyson said he thinks the fire was the result of a dryer or electrical issue. The official cause of the fire is unknown.
Alvarez said the fire is out, but the trailer is a total loss.