Sean Matthews saved his soon-to-be engagement ring from their North Carolina home after a devastating house fire. And what he did next was incredibly romantic.
Kellie Stanley and Sean Matthews were out to dinner when Stanley received a notification on her phone. It was their neighbor frantically trying to communicate to them on their Ring alarm. She told them that the back of their house had caught on fire.
Laura Bullas was able to save their elderly dog, Memphis, but all their other possessions were lost in the blaze. Bullas said that she was surprised at how quickly the flames grew and immediately jumped into action to save the 13-year-old dog.
Stanley and Matthews quickly ran home to find their house engulfed in flames. Neighbors had tried to stop the flames by using gardening hoses, but they had no such luck. The fire spread to the front porch. When firefighters arrived they turned off the gas line to prevent an explosion, but they weren’t able to save the house.
“Nothing puts your life in perspective like driving out of your driveway with just the clothes on your back and your dog,” Stanley said.
What his girlfriend didn’t know was that Sean Matthews was also worried about the engagement ring that he had bought. The man had been waiting for the perfect moment to pop the question and was hoping that the fire hadn’t destroyed the ring.
Luckily, when firefighters allowed the couple to enter the remains of their home and try to find anything that had escaped the fire, the ring had been kept safe in a fireproof safe. And Matthews decided that it was the perfect time to propose.
“Having her family there and some friends and neighbors, I knew it would be the last time that we would all be able to be at our home for a long time. I felt strongly that I wanted to leave with her as my fiancée,” Matthews said.
At the end of the night, nearly five to six hours after the fire had started and changed the couple’s lives forever, Matthews proposed to his girlfriend in front of family and friends.
Spoiler alert, she said yes!
“We have everything we need – the three of us – and that’s all that matters at the end of the day,” Stanley said.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help the couple recover from the huge losses they suffered. As of Tuesday afternoon, the page had raised $13,475.