Singer braved flat fire to save old man

Mu­si­cian was in Berlin for New Year’s Eve party

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A MU­SI­CIAN ran back into a burn­ing build­ing to res­cue an old man who could not walk, after a fire broke out at a New Year’s Eve party.

Singer Ben McKelvey, 26, of Sta­tion Road, Bea­cons­field, was at­tend­ing a party in Ger­many for the new year, at the top of a block of flats, when a fire con­sumed the roof of the build­ing.

It was only when Mr McKelvey’s friend Paul Na­gle, also from Bea­cons­field, smelt smoke that they were alerted and fled the flat.

Mr McKelvey said: “We were cel­e­brat­ing New Year’s Eve in Berlin, my girl­friend is Ger­man and we have friends there. My friend Paul smelt smoke and raised the alarm to get ev­ery­one out.”

There were 60 to 70 peo­ple in the flat, Mr McKelvey was one of the last to leave with ev­ery­one scram­bling out as the roof was en­gulfed in flames.

“We were bang­ing on doors let­ting peo­ple know there was a fire. I was run­ning down the stairs and we saw there were old peo­ple in the flat, we were scream­ing to­gether to get them all out,” said Mr McKelvey.

It was then

that

the singer saw fire­men com­ing up the stairs with masks and hoses but he also heard his friend Hei­drun call­ing for help as she strug­gled to get an old man out.

He could not walk so Mr McKelvey went back to help him down the re­main­ing three flights of stairs.

The brave singer said: “It was scary, but hap­pened quite fast. I just re­acted, run­ning back in to help. We car­ried him over our shoul­ders and down the stairs, it was lucky no one died.”

Mr McKelvey and his friend were sick in the street from in­hal­ing smoke and were helped by fire­fight­ers. The flames had de­stroyed the roof, and the build­ing was ru­ined by wa­ter dam­age, leav­ing Mr McKelvey’s friends home­less.

He is now ap­peal­ing to peo­ple to help him raise funds to re­place their be­long­ings.

“They are stay­ing some­where tem­po­rar­ily,” he said. “But they are stu­dents, and need re­place­ment lap­tops.

“We have al­ready met my tar­get, so I raised it to £300.”

Ben has re­leased his own mu­sic, and per­forms with Mr Na­gle on stage.

To help, visit www. go­fundme.com/berlin­fire for de­tails.

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