Last October, Angel Fiorini woke up panicking. She could barely breathe. That's when she realized her whole house was on fire.
Her brain immediately jumped into action and she pulled her first two children to safety. When she was outside she knew she had to go back in and get her eight year-old, who was still asleep inside.
A mother's love
Angel didn't even hesitate running back inside. She found her sleeping child, picked her up and tried to make her way outside. She could feel her skin starting to melt because of the heat of the fire. They made it almost to the front door when the mother passed out.
Miraculously, a volunteer firefighter was driving past the house and stopped to help. He dragged the unconscious mother and her daughter the last few feet to safety and called 911.
The road to recovery has been a long one for the family, but the whole community wrapped their arms around the Fiorini family to help. Someone donated a mobile home for them to live in. Furniture and money were also donated to the family.
In an interview, Angel said, "Even though we lost everything, I just couldn't really put together why so many people had come together and donated so much stuff ... we were being so blessed."
The shocking miracle
The biggest miracle that has come out of the fire was that her boyfriend of 15 years was by her side the whole time. He was there for the family through the long hospital days, and the process of rebuilding their life. This experience taught Aaron that he didn't want to lose his family.
And after years of being content to not get married, he proposed.
While this beautiful family was brought together by this tragedy, it's still important to know what you would do if there was a fire in your house. Here are five suggestions:
1. Make sure all smoke detectors are working
Before there's a fire you should make sure that your smoke detectors are working. They are the best warnings you can have in a house to catch a fire before it gets too big.
2. Have an escape plan
Make sure that you and your kids know where to go if there is a fire in house. Do they know to stay close to the ground? Do they know how to safely check to see if the doorknob is hot? Where are the safest places to exit the house? Where will they meet you once they are outside?
Your children should know the answers to all of these questions. Before it's too late, make an exit plan and practice it with your children.
Christa is a part time photographer, part time writer and full time lover of life. She loves eating chocolate chip cookies and singing (but not at the same time). She has her degree in political science.