fatcavill (fatcavill) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Liam Payne praised for saving friend's life

Liam Payne was hailed a hero on Wednesday night for saving his best friend’s life in the blaze that ripped through the One Direction star’s luxury flat.

Andy Samuel was engulfed in flames when a patio heater he was filling up exploded.

He suffered 20% burns to his chest, legs and arms and was last night in intensive care, with the loyal singer at his bedside.

The victim’s shocked stepdad Matthew Baker told how Liam leapt into action when the blast happened. He said: “We are so grateful to Liam because he saved his life.

“The lantern just exploded as Andy was lighting it and it took the full force of the flames. Liam helped him by beating out the flames and dousing him with water. He acted quickly and swiftly.

“What happened was absolutely awful. My son is very poorly. I’ve spoken to Liam on the phone and he told me exactly what happened. He is very shocked himself. It’s bad enough but it could have been a lot worse.” Andy’s sister Harriet, 12, also paid tribute to the brave 1D singer. She said: “I want to thank Liam for saving my brother.”
And Andy’s girlfriend Daisie Smith tweeted: “Thank you so much for all of your lovely messages and prayers. On behalf of Andy’s family and I we’d like you to know he is in a stable condition.”
Daisie’s mum Kim added: “It’s a very ­traumatic and difficult time for everybody.”

Andy, who also suffered superficial burns to his face, grew up with Liam in ­Wolverhampton. They were seen out last week ­celebrating the pop star’s 20th birthday.

Liam was in the kitchen of his penthouse flat in Canary Wharf, East London, when the blast happened on Monday. The blaze destroyed 80% of his balcony and it took 35 firefighters to put it out.

Another man and a woman are said to have suffered superficial burns to their hands.

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