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.
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 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:
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.
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.
Because smoke rises, you will have longer to escape if you are low to the ground because you won't be breathing in as much smoke.
When a fire is in your home, every second matters. Make sure your children know to help others get out of the house to hopefully prevent the need to re-enter a burning home.
Don't try to put the fire out yourself. Immediately call 911, then go to your neighbors and ask for help.
Hopefully tragedy doesn't need to strike for you and your family to realize what really matters in this life.
Luckily for the Fiorini family, everyone was able to escape safely and got a precious reminder that family really is what matters most.