LINCOLN -- In moments of pain, darkness and fear following Monday's industrial building collapse in Omaha, Erik Ocampo focused on his wife and their baby daughter.
As he held onto those thoughts, he somehow made it out alive.
“I thought I was going to die in there,” he told his wife after surviving the ordeal at the International Nutrition plant.
Ocampo rested comfortably at the burn unit of a Lincoln hospital Tuesday as his mother and wife of two years counted their blessings.
The 20-year-old worker suffered burns in Monday's industrial collapse. He remained in stable condition Tuesday, said his wife, Alison Ocampo.
After getting through the longest, most difficult day of her life Monday, she spent Tuesday giving thanks for her husband's survival.
“He was in God's hands,” Alison Ocampo said during a press conference at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln. “We know he'll be OK.”
The building collapse left two dead and 10 injured at a plant that manufactures animal supplements and feed products.
The Ocampo family's relief was tempered by the lives lost and the workers who suffered more serious injuries, said Miriam Ocampo, Erik's mother. They extended their thoughts and prayers to those families.
Miriam Ocampo's brother, Jesus Navarrete, and her brother-in-law, Walter Alecio, both of Omaha, also work at the plant.
She said Alecio remained at Bergan Mercy Medical Center Tuesday while Navarrete was not injured in the building collapse.
Manuel Orellana, a second plant worker transferred to the Lincoln hospital's burn unit, was listed in fair condition Tuesday, a nursing supervisor said.
Erik Ocampo told his family he was working on a production line on the first floor of the plant Monday morning when he heard a rumble and his co-workers started shouting to run.
He was struck by something, apparently falling debris, and felt like his entire body was on fire. The plant interior turned so dark he couldn't see any of the machines or other people, Alison Ocampo said.
“He was hearing a lot of voices screaming,” she said, “a lot of people saying, 'Get out! Get out!”
He's not sure how he found his way out of the plant, she said.
They declined to discuss the extent of his injuries on Tuesday, but said he's alert, able to eat and talk.
“Thank God he's alive,” Miriam Ocampo said. “That's the most important thing now.”