An American couple quickly went from honeymooners to heroes, after they jumped in to rescue several babies when a nursery caught fire in Barcelona, Spain.
After two years of delaying because of COVID, Doran Smith and David Squillante were finally able to take their dream honeymoon trip.
But what they didn’t expect, was to become instant heroes.
The couple walked to a Barcelona Park awaiting a tour when they noticed something out of the ordinary.
“I saw a flame coming out of the doorway next to the door that these women had come out of,” Doran recalled to WJAR. “So, I said, ‘Oh my god, there’s a fire.'”
Several people ran from the building shouting and panicked. An electrical fire had broken loose.
Without hesitation, the couple let their instinct takeover and sprinted into the burning building, coming to view something that renewed the situation’s urgency.
“I found myself looking at 15-20 babies sleeping and immediately just kind of lined everybody up,” David said.
“We started grabbing them and putting them into the cribs.”
No one in the nursery spoke English, but other good Samaritans, as well as bystanders, banded together to get the babies out safe.
According to the Boston Globe, the room the babies were in had yet to catch fire, allowing the heroes to do their job.
“We were just literally taking cribs with a few kids in (them) and rolling them across the street to the high school lobby,” Doran said.
The heroic and humble honeymoon couple managed to put themselves in the face of danger, saving the babies’ lives in the 10-minute ordeal.
And as if nothing happened, the couple immediately resumed their honeymoon activities. They even linked back up with a park tour they were planning on attending before they were sidetracked by the fire.
Feeling inspired by the incident, David is now exploring opportunities to become a volunteer firefighter in Bristol, something his father and grandfather both did before him, according to several reports.
“It felt like we watched it in a movie,” David said. “It just didn’t feel real.”
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