Couple on delayed honeymoon help save over one dozen babies from burning building

The vast majority of us look forward to our honeymoons as a period of unparalleled relaxation and peace.

We’ve often spent months, if not years, stressing over and planning our weddings down to the last meticulous detail. When the show’s over and the guests have gone home, we, as newlyweds long for that time when we can enjoy a bit of quiet, alone time with our husband or wife.

Oftentimes, honeymoons can be largely uneventful things. A successful honeymoon can be one where, well, nothing much happens.

For Rhode Island couple David Squillante and Doran Smith, though, the experience turned out to be anything but uneventful.

As per reports, David and Doran had settled on Spain for their honeymoon. They expected the trip to be packed full of memories that would last a lifetime. In that respect, it lived up to its billing.

The couple were apparently just a few days into their holiday, in the Spanish city of Barcelona, and were on their way to a guided tour at a park. Their day took a dramatic turn, however, when they heard a woman’s screams coming from the entryway to a burning building.

“I saw a flame coming out of the doorway, next to the door that these women had come out of,” Doran told WJAR.

“So, I said ‘Oh my God there’s a fire.”

David leapt into action quickly, and it’s a good thing he did. The building turned out to be a nursery.

“Instinct took over,” David said, as per reports.

“I found myself looking at 15, 20 babies sleeping, and immediately just kind of lined everyone up and we started grabbing them, putting them into the crib.”

Thankfully, the room the babies were in hadn’t yet caught fire, giving David and Doran time to roll each baby into a crib and remove them safely from the building.


Doran said it wasn’t long before other people joined in the rescue effort.

“We couldn’t speak the language, but there was a universal language — we were all just trying to help,” she explained.

With all the babies rescued and the situation no longer life-threatening, David and Doran were able to continue on their trip to the park tour.

“We looked at each other and said, remember that time we saved a bunch of babies?” Doran said.

David added: “It felt like we watched it in a movie. It just didn’t feel real.”

As per reports, the couple married on October 10, 2020, and should have had their honeymoon that same year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, their trip was pushed to 2022 – had things happened differently, they might never have been on hand to save the little ones at all!

What’s more, David has decided to become a volunteer firefighter in Bristol, Rhode Island, like his father and grandfather before him.

What a fantastic act of bravery in the face of adversity. We’re sure the families of those children are so, so thankful that David and Doran were in the right place at the right time.

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