A couple stuck in the burning London high-rise spent their final moments calling their families in Italy to say their heartbreaking goodbyes, according to reports.
Gloria Trevisan and Marco Gottardi, both 27-year-old architects, were trapped in their 23rd-floor apartment at the Grenfell Tower, which was engulfed in flames, the Telegraph reported.
“Thank you for what you have done for me,” Trevisan told her mother, who recorded their final conversation.
“These are terrible, agonizing calls,” said Maria Cristina Sandri, the lawyer for Trevisan’s family, who admitted that she cried as she listened to the tragic recording.
The couple had moved to London in March after Trevisan couldn’t land a job that paid more than 300 euros a month — or about $335.
Trevisan first called her relatives to say a fire had erupted on the third floor, according to Italian media. She thought firefighters would extinguish the flames long before they reached the upper floors.
The situation became dire later and the young woman’s mother asked to speak with Trevisan’s boyfriend, who tried to calm everyone.
“The firefighters are here, everything is OK,” Gottardi said.
But when her parents turned on their TV in their home near Padua, they saw the inferno consuming the couple’s building.
“We can’t get out, we are blocked!” Trevisan said during another call. By about 4 a.m., smoke poured into their apartment.
Her father told the Italian newspaper Il Mattino di Padova that the couple “wanted to go down but said they could see flames going up the stairs and the smoke was more and more intense,” The Sun of the UK reports.
Trevisan realized that their time was running out.
“I am so sorry I can never hug you again. I had my whole life ahead of me. It’s not fair. I don’t want to die. I wanted to help you, to thank you for all you did for me,” she said, the Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported.
“I am about to go to heaven, I will help you from there,” she said.
Meanwhile, Gottardi tried to reassure his father, Giannino.
“There’s a lot of smoke but don’t worry, we’re waiting for the rescuers. We opened the front door but there was too much smoke to be able to leave. The lifts are blocked,” Gottardi said.
The elder Gottardi told Italian reporters that his son initially said everything was under control.
“But in the second call — and I cannot get this out of my head — he told me that there was smoke, that a lot of smoke was rising up,” Giannino said. “There’s nothing more we can do than wait for a miracle.”
As of June 15th, 30 people were reported dead.