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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Heroic dad led his pregnant wife and daughter, 10, out the burning London tower then ran back in to save his eldest daughter, 12

A brave father saved the life of his entire family who would have otherwise died in the blazing London Tower inferno which took a lot of lives.

Marcio Gomes, 38, had been waiting for help to come but when after 4 hours 30 minutes of the start of the fire and firefighters still hadn't made it to the 21st floor where he lived, he knew it was up to him to save his family.

Mr Gomes wrapped his seven-month pregnant wife and their two daughters in wet towels and ushered them down the burning stairs. He said it was very dark and the fire was surging up and all around them. There were bodies strewn all over the floor but they kept going, stepping over the bodies to safety. However, when Gomes got downstairs, he discovered his eldest daughter was not with them. She had collapsed from smoke inhalation. He had to go back into the burning building, in spite of the warnings by firefighters advising him against it. He was able to find his daughter and dragged her out of the flames.

Though the fire started before 1 a.m. early on Wednesday, Gomes and his family were not aware their building was on fire until 2:30 a.m., that is over 1 hour 30 minutes since the fire started. He said he phoned 999 a number of times but was told to stay put with his family that the fire was being contained. His saving grace was that he defied their order. Gomes actually stayed till 4: 30 a.m. waiting for help but when it didn't come, he called again and was told that it would take a while before the firefighters get up to the 21st floor. Gomes decided then to take his safety and that of his family into his hands.



He said there had been no fire alarm sounding to warn them that there was a fire. Had there been, more people would have been able to escape in time. Gomes and his family have been admitted to the hospital for smoke inhalation. His wife was placed in a medically induced coma to help save her and their unborn baby.  Narrating the incident from his hospital bed, Gomes spoke about calling 999 but getting no help from them.

He said: "I told them my wife was pregnant and that we couldn’t go down — there was too much smoke. But they wouldn’t send anyone up. By 4.30am the flames had roared up the side of the block. Fire engulfed the whole building.

Speaking of Luana, his 12-year-old daughter who was almost lost in the fire, Gomes said: "She was halfway down. She had stopped. She couldn’t move anymore and had fallen unconscious."

He also spoke of their escape, saying: "I just wrapped them all up in wet towels and sheets and said, 'There’s no turning back — we have to go'. We had to go down the stairs from the 21st floor. You couldn’t see anything. We had to step over bodies with my young daughters and my seven months pregnant wife."

People have been blaming the fire on those responsible for the safety of the building, which had been refurbished with dangerous cladding last year.

34 comments:

Alloy Chikezie said...

Wow!
How brave of him

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Carina K Jacob said...

Brave man.
Always and forever... Family!

Vivian Reginalds said...

HEYA
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

samuel Ezebuchi said...

Brave man

Beauty Osas said...

Wao! I've not seen such bravery in a man before only in movies. Thank God he and his family is safe.

Anonymous said...

This is what it means to be the man of the house, not incessant demand for sex from the wife

Anonymous said...

I thank God for that family, I thank God for preserving their lives, I thank God for the bravery and presence of mind of that great Dad.

clark nuvie said...

The bravest u are which nigerian man will do that

Dupe said...

I thank God for that family, I thank God for preserving their lives, I thank God for the bravery and presence of mind of that great Dad. This is what it means to be the man of the house

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Udolisa Ugochukwu said...

I thank God for his grace upon my life and for making me to be alive to witness another birthday of mine for it is not easy because many pass away and could not witness and celebrate their birthday, here i am alive saying....Lord thank you and i'm forever grateful

Chinwendu Ogbonnaya said...

Sorry dear..... but u can help ur man out on d sex denand

bimbo said...

Men like hers are not easy to find.my husband won't do such.she should b extremly very lucky.

Anonymous said...

Waooo God is with him

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Nice


... Merited happiness

Anonymous said...

Udo Udo u still dey?😂😂😂

Na birthday be your new scam anyway happy birthday sexgod hehehehe

Anonymous said...

wonders of God

Ola Dee said...

tell your husband o

Agbomen said...

Tnk God for them!

optimisticlady said...

Had goose pimples reading this...
Live long man...
That's a man that loooves his family!

Anonymous said...

To God be the Glory... I thank God for enabling the man to do that ,and for keeping him and his family alive.
I trust: most non Africans will thank "their lucky stars",thank "goodness" thank "heavens" but they wont thank God , wont acknowledge God in this matter at all!

Faith Angel said...

A great hero indeed

Faith Angel said...

A great hero indeed

AGB said...

I'm proud of this man.

JOYCHY said...

My dear @Anon that is what it is to be called a man jare.................No be everybody wey wear trouser & shirt be man, only to demand sex & claim right
God bless you and your family.......the kids & wife will be so proud to have a dad & hubby like him

CHERYL (aka FROM GLORY to GLORY) said...

What a step of faith! Am awed by his bravery. Hope his wife gets better

Long live LIB

Anonymous said...

very brave and determined man who can lay down his life for his family,may God continue to preserve you all

Anonymous said...

keep ur sex to ur self na, he can get sex anywhere even with N1K. Rubbish
who sex epp?

AOI said...

I nor fit laugh!

AOI said...

Most Nigerian men will do it for their family, and that's the truth. Most men will sacrifice anything for their family. The quality of judgement, in the circumstances, may differ though.

Stop trying to run yourself down for the sake of just talking.

Rosemary Merit said...

What a brave husband and father. This idea man!!!! A great brave courageous man.

Anonymous said...

Good Decission

Anonymous said...

If god I'd so great, why did so many people die?

Anonymous said...

That's what being a father & husband is about...being the one that takes charge, leading your family through the raging storm. Some men don't know what it means to be the head...its not just a cool,manly title God gave you to boost your ego. Its not about others serving you. No men, to lead is to serve.

Donroxy said...

ThanGod say e no born much if say he had like seven children now, Na another story e go be !!!

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