Before they died in the Grenfell tower blaze, Gloria Trevisan and Marco Gottardi made heart-rending final phone calls to their families in Italy.
In their last moments, Miss Trevisan told her mother: ‘
Thank you for what you have done for me.”I wanted to help you, thank you for all you did for me. I am about to go to heaven, I will help you from there,’ La Repubblica reports
Her father Loris said:
‘They wanted to go down but said they could see flames going up the stairs and the smoke was more and more intense.’
Seconds later the phone line cut out and Mr Trevisan said he had made ‘hundreds’ of unsuccessful attempts to contact his daughter since then.
Mr Gottardi, also 27, called his family at 3.45am and again just after 4am. His father Giannino told Italian newspaper Il Mattino di Padova:
‘In the first call Marco told us not to worry, that everything was under control, that basically we must not worry.
‘He was trying to minimise what happened, probably not to unsettle us.
‘But in the second call – and I can’t get this out of my head – he said there was smoke, that so much smoke was rising.’We were on the phone until the last moment … At 4.07am he told us their apartment was flooded with smoke and that the situation had become an emergency.
‘The communications broke down and from that moment on we no longer had any contact. The phone didn’t pick up again.’
The couple, both architecture graduates, moved to London three months ago to look for work and were captivated by the views over the capital they enjoyed from their 23rd floor flat.