Italian couple Gloria Trevisan and Marco Gottardi made final phone calls to their families in Italy when it dawned on them that they might not make it out alive.
The young couple who moved to London from Italy three months ago, lived on the 23rd floor of the Grenfell Tower that was ravaged by fire.
The couple used their last moments to say goodbye to their parents, with Miss Trevisan, 27, telling her mother: ‘Thank you for what you have done for me.’
The couple, both architecture graduates, moved to London in search of better opportunities, not knowing it would end in tragedy.
Mr Gottardi, also 27, called his family at 3.45am and again just after 4am.
His father Giannino told Italian newspaper Il Mattino di Padova: ‘In the first call Marco told us not to worry, that everything was under control, that basically we must not worry.
‘He was trying to minimise what happened, probably not to unsettle us.
‘But in the second call – and I can’t get this out of my head – he said there was smoke, that so much smoke was rising.’
The heartbroken father added: ‘We were on the phone until the last moment … At 4.07am he told us their apartment was flooded with smoke and that the situation had become an emergency.
‘The communications broke down and from that moment on we no longer had any contact. The phone didn’t pick up again.’
Miss Trevisan called her parents at 3am, saying a fire had broken out and they were waiting for help.
Her father Loris said: ‘They wanted to go down but said they could see flames going up the stairs and the smoke was more and more intense.’
Seconds later the phone line cut out and Mr Trevisan said he had made ‘hundreds’ of unsuccessful attempts to contact his daughter since then.
The family’s lawyer Maria Cristina Sandrin said: ‘I’ve heard the recording of Gloria talking to her mother and there is no hope to find them alive.
‘She said goodbye. She said, ‘Thank you mother for what you have done for me’.’
The lawyer said the families wanted to bring the couple’s remains home to Italy, but added: ‘We don’t know in what condition we will find the bodies, if we will find the bodies.’
So far, 17 people have been confirmed dead, but their are fears the numbers could reach hundred as firefighters continue to search the building.