A homeowner named Erick De Moura of the doomed Florida condo said his fiancée persuaded him to stay with her on the night of the deadly collapse, describing it as a “miracle” that saved his life.
Erick de Moura, a resident of Champlain Towers South, told Reuters, “Only by God. To me this is a miracle,”
He said, “It’s a very sad moment. Very confusing,”
“It’s very tough to get in touch with my emotions right now.”
He is 40 years old.
How His Girlfriend Saved His Life From Condo Collapse?
De Moura said he cooked a traditional Brazilian dish at his two-bedroom apartment on the 10th floor to send to his girlfriend Fernanda Figueiredo’s place for supper with friends on Wednesday.
Following dinner, the group played a casual soccer game, and when de Moura went to recover a ball that had fallen into a canal in his girlfriend’s property, his clothes got wet.
He said, “I said, ‘I’m going to go home because I’m going to the gym tomorrow morning and I have nothing to wear here,’”
“I was saying goodbye and she said ‘Why don’t you stay?’”
De Moura said he stayed with his girlfriend until 1 a.m., drinking beers, and then fell asleep around the time his apartment building collapsed.
According to the Washington Post, he awoke at 5:30 a.m. to messages and phone calls, including one from Rochelle, a doorman supervisor at his building. According to the magazine, Rochelle said de Moura called her back and said, “Oh, my God, you’re alive.”
According to the source, Rochelle then informed him that the building had collapsed and provided him a snapshot of the wreckage.
He said to Reuters, “I had goose bumps. My heart was pounding. I got dressed and rushed to the building,”
De Moura said he’s still having to come to grips with how close he came to dying. de Moura said to the Washington Post, “For me, for Fernanda, this is definitely a miracle,”
“This is an act by God.”
Erick De Moura rara vez dormía en casa de su novia los fines de semana. Pero el miércoles, lo convenció de que se quedara. Es casi seguro que la decisión le salvó la vida: Erick vivía en el edificio que colapsó la pasada semana en Surfside, Miami #SurfsideCondoCollapse#WaPopic.twitter.com/WBjnG4VEQq
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