Structure fire damages Fort Myers building

Posted at 7:55 PM, Apr 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-28 22:37:45-04

UPDATE (4/28) - A statement released by the law office Thursday confirms that there were no injuries in the fire, and that no files or client records were damaged.  The office was open for business at noon.

“There were people in our offices when the power line fell , no one was injured but there was some smoke and water damage.”, said Jeff Rice, the managing Attorney of the firm.

The firm wants to thank the Fort Myers Fire Department for their "fast and efficient response to this emergency."


FORT MYERS, Fla.- Firefighters were fighting a structure fire in Downtown Fort Myers at the law office of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice, and Purtz. 

The call came in around 6:38PM, according to the Lee County Public Safety website. 

Officials said the fire started when a nearby transformer blew, causing power lines to hit the roof of the building, sparking the flames.

The fire took an hour to get under control.

The surrounding intersections of Broadway and First and Main streets were closed down so fire crews could get to the scene. 

Attorney Jeff Rice of the firm said a couple people were inside as the fire was burning, but no one was hurt.

There was some damage and a couple of the offices were severely burned, but he said the damage won't keep them from opening their doors to clients.

Hundreds of people were left without power and FPL remained on scene to restore power to those areas and fix the power line that started the fire.