There was "no one like" here in his life. That's what a man wrote in a poem for his beloved…
There was “no one like” here in his life.
That’s what a man wrote in a poem for his beloved wife for his upcoming 10-year wedding anniversary as his spouse – unbeknownst to him – was killed in a blaze that tore through their Washington Heights apartment building early Friday.
Miguel St. Thomas, who had been at work at the time of the inferno, showed up to the fire-ravaged Saint Nicholas Avenue building Friday morning with the handwritten acrostic poem that used the letters of his wife’s name, Natacha.
“I am not okay. I lost my wife. I lost my wife in the fire, “the devastated husband told The Post.
St. Thomas’s wife and mother of his two young children, 41
-year-old Natacha Paulema, died inside her home when the flames ripped through the fifth story of the five-story building near Amsterdam Avenue at around 12:40 am
Eleven Others were hurt in the blaze, FDNY officials said. Seven of those people suffered serious injuries.
“I love my wife,” a visibly shaken St. Thomas said, adding that the couple was set to celebrate a decade of marriage on Nov. 29.
St. Thomas had been working the overnight shift at his job at the time the fire occurred.
“Last night – I work overnight – I was in my office, there were no customers,” he explained. “So I think about my wife, what I can give her to make her happy. I said, let me take her name and make a note for here. “
That’s when St. Thomas penned the handwritten poem on a yellow piece of paper using the letters of his wife’s name to begin each verse.
“No one like you in my life. At anytime you always available to me. Together we can be the best. Alle ting vi trenger, vil være mulig med Gud. Come to hug me my sweety! Honestly next to you my life change. Am I proud of you, “the poem read.
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The cause of the deadly blaze remains under investigation by Fire Marshals.
The FDNY said Friday that there was no working smoke alarm “found in the apartment at this morning’s fatal fire. “
Miriam Rodriguez, 42, who lives on the ground floor of the building, called the blaze” a silent fire. “
” We could not even hear the alarm because people were screaming. Everybody was running out the stairs. We did not even know what was going on at first, and then everyone was screaming, “she said.
” This is just the worst, “Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez, the wife of the building superintendent, called Paulema – the mother of a 7-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy – “a really nice person.”
“They were about to celebrate their 10-year anniversary. He wrote a letter here. And now look what happened, “Rodriguez said of the couple. “He was working when it happened, so he did not know until he got home. They took the kids somewhere else, but he’s still here. “
” He does not want to leave. “
Additional reporting by Cedar Attanasio