A fire that ravaged the Grenfell Tower apartments in London has left at lease 30 people dead and two dozen hospitalized, 12 in serious condition, police said Friday. Among those listed as deceased is a young Italian couple who were trapped in their 23rd floor apartment. According to a new report by La Repubblica, they phoned their parents to say goodbye during the fire.
Gloria Trevisan, 26, and her boyfriend, Marco Gottardi, 27, were both from Venice. They moved to London in March after graduation for work, both of them new architects.
During the fire, Trevisan called her family, telling her parents that a fire broke out on the third floor of their apartment building. They were sure firefighters would be able to contain the fire before it reached them.
By 2 a.m., Trevisan was very worried and Gottardi attempted to keep her and her parents calm.
The fire continued to burn, and at around 3 am, Trevisan told her mother, Emanuela Trevisan, “Thank you for everything you have done for me, Mom.” Family members note that the phrase seemed to be a farewell. One report says that Trevisan also said, “I am about to go to heaven, I will help you from there.”
Gottardi’s father, Giannino Gottardi, was awakened at around 3:45 am by a call from Emanuela. He woke his wife and immediately called their son. “He played down the incident, I did so to reassure Gloria and my wife,” Giannino said. He says Mark told them help was coming and that the situation would be resolved.
“In the first call Marco told us not to worry, that everything was under control, that basically we must not worry,” he said of the call. “He was trying to minimize what was happening, probably not to unsettle us.”
By 4:07 am, Marco was more concerned. He informed his parents that the couple’s apartment was flooded by smoke and that the situation was an emergency.
After that, the families could not reach the young couple.
On Thursday, Giannino Gottardi was still hoping for a miracle. “There’s nothing more we can do than wait for a miracle,” he said at the time.
On Friday, according to La Repubblica, authorities confirmed the couple was dead. They write:
“In the evening came the official death notice of Gloria Gottardi and Marco Trevisan, the two young Italians who were missing, who lived for a couple of months on the 23rd floor of the tower.”
After breaking the news, Trevisan family’s lawyer, Maria Cristina Sandrin, asked that reporters turn off the microphones and cameras out of respect for the pain of the families.
Sandrin said she cried while listening to the audio recordings of the final conversations between the families and their children. She described them as “terrible” and “agonizing.”
Authorities say the death toll is likely to rise and do not expect to discover survivors. Investigators said the deadly fire did not appear to have been set intentionally.
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