FORT MYERS, Fla. - WINK News is gathering new information about a raging fire that ripped through a Fort Myers home early Friday morning and sent two firefighters to the hospital. We were first on scene at the Omega Psi Phi house on Blake Street capturing the chaotic moments. At last check, the firefighters, Tony Price and Shane Remy are in fair condition in the hospital.
Just after midnight, the fire quickly engulfed the three decade old home. Out of nowhere, a wall from the second floor fell on top of a group of firefighters, trapping Price and Remy underneath.
Remy, a five-year veteran suffered a broken hip. His comrade Tony Price had a broken collarbone and ribs. Fellow firefighters say Price's helmet saved his life. "The wall came down on this side and the helmet actually protected his head from being crushed," firefighter Todd Burik said.
Investigators say this was an accident an electrical problem, that left the home base of the Omega Youth and Community Foundation in ruins. "It's a sad occasion for us, obviously," Foundation Board Officer Donald Isaac said. "It's been a lot of blood, sweat and tears putting that place together."
The group holds an annual health fair and tutors, mentors and provides scholarships to young people. Isaac said a group had just met there, hours before the fire. "At the time they closed and left the building, there was no indication anything was wrong," Isaac said.
Friday night, the Board gathered to discuss the future - whether they have the money to rebuild, what they can salvage and how they'll continue their mission. "We have a lot of empathy and sympathy for their families," Isaac said. "I wish them well and thank them for their efforts in trying to save our property."
Isaac said the group is praying for the firefighters' recoveries and also thanks the community for its support.