A woman rang her boyfriend to tell him she loved him as a fire ripped through their home.
Andy Martin and Lori Power saw a blaze rip through their home on August 16. Andy, 31, was working away from home when Lori FaceTimed him at about 11.30pm.
The 26-year-old told her partner she could hear an alarm and thought someone was trying to break into their house. However, as she walked out onto the landing, Loris saw a thick cloud of smoke coming up the stairs.
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She quickly hung up the phone and called the emergency services with Andy asking a friend to go and help her. Just moments later, Andy received another call from Lori telling him she couldn’t escape the property.
She gave her final goodbyes and told him she loved him. However, the construction company worker manage to get herself out of the property by jumping from an upstairs window.
Lori broke part of her spine and is currently recovering in hospital. Despite Lori surviving the blaze, one of their dogs died from her burns.
Their four-year-old French bulldog Willow sadly died. The couple are now homeless and trying to find a new house through the council.
“I got a phone call from Lori saying, ‘I can’t get out, I love you,’” Andy, who helps fit hoists for disabled children, told the Manchester Evening News.
“I was stuck in Brighton and my heart just went. She squeezed through a window and missed the ledge and fell onto her back. She collapsed at the gate. She could have been paralysed.”
The couple lost everything in the fire and an investigation has found the fire could have been caused by an air fryer that was left plugged in but not switched on.
Andy has now warned others to always make sure kitchen appliances are switched off at the wall when not in use. He’s also advised others to make sure homes have smoke alarms and to test them regularly.
“The landlord thinks it was the socket,” Andy added. “Because the air fryer was plugged in but not switched on. When he looked at the sockets in the kitchen, inside the socket was all melted and black.”
Andy now credits the actions of his brave and quick-thinking friend who managed to get both dogs out of the house before fire crews arrived. “He literally saved one of my dogs and I just want people to know how good he is,” Andy added.
“He managed to kick the door off but flames were coming out towards him. He found the dogs, one was hiding behind the couch and one was trapped in the fire.”
Star, the French bulldog found hiding behind the sofa, suffered smoke inhalation but survived. Sadly, her puppy Willow died from her injuries.
“We got a phone call from the vet saying Willow only had an hour to live,” Andy added. “Her lungs were collapsing. Everything has gone, including one of my dogs. All I’ve thought about is Lori and my dog.
“It’s heartbreaking, that was my baby. I got her at eight-weeks-old.”
A fundraiser has now been set up to help Andy and Lori through this devastating time. To donate, follow the link by clicking here.
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