Mum-of-Three Pays Tribute to Hero Husband Who Died after Rescuing 1-Year-Old Daughter from Fire

Odette Odendaal
Mar 06, 2019
06:21 A.M.

A dad and local businessman of Moray became a hero when he rescued his 13-month-old daughter from a devastating house fire.


35-year-old Neil Thompson sustained severe injuries when he tore through the blazing house to save his daughter Hailey from the flames.

During the early morning hours of February 21, the fire began in the Thompson house, and it didn’t take long before the flames and smoke leaked through the house.

Hailey’s mum, 31-year-old Natalie jumped through the upstairs window to escape the fire as Neil pushed through flames to rescue his daughter. Tragically, Neil passed away at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary from his injuries on Saturday.


Heartbroken, Natalie posted two pictures that would pull on the heartstrings and deeply stir anyone’s empathic side. The first photo showed her late husband Neil holding little Hailey while the other showed Natalie and Neil kissing.

According to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, it took six fire engines, almost 50 firefighters and additional support appliances to put out the fire. Police suspect no suspicious circumstances surrounding the cause of the fire.

Norman Stevenson, Detective Inspector with the police department, added, “My thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragic incident.”


But the truth is this tragedy repeats itself more often than we realize. Similarly to Neil, 24-year-old Demetrius Johnson suffered the same fate when he tried to rescue his 3-year old son as a fire raged through the house.

The smell of smoke woke Demetrius up early one morning. The New Yorker made quick work of evacuating his fiance and two of their children but realized his 3-year-old son, Demetrius Jr. was still in the house.


His fiance warned him that it was too dangerous to go into the house, but he was not going to leave his child in a burning building.

Before Demetrius ran back inside, he smashed a window to let the smoke out. Firefighters soon caught up with father and son, but sadly couldn’t save Demetrius.

Their 8-year-old daughter, Treasure Bighorn suffered severe burns to 90% of her body and received treatment at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Cincinnati, Ohio in a critical condition.


Demaris and his older brother Demetrius Jr. are both in stable condition while mum Natalie sustained no injuries.Tragically the 49-year-old man that lived in the apartment above them also got killed in the fire and is yet to be identified.

On a fire-related topic, firefighters in British Columbia posted a video of a “fire tornado” and showed why no one would want to cross paths with one of those.

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