A Texas man tragically died after saving the lives of five people and a dog after a fire broke out at his fiancee’s home on Christmas morning.
Jackie Goulet and her family are all alive thanks to the heroic actions of her fiance Eric Chambers.
Chambers, 36, was wrapping some last-minute gifts with Goulet at around 4.30am on Christmas in her Arlington, Texas home.
Eric Chambers, 36, died after a fire erupted in his fiancee’s home on Christmas
Goulet asked him to turn on the Christmas tree lights because ‘it seemed too gloomy in there,’ she said to Fox 4 News.
The couple then went to the garage, when moments later her 12-year-old son came running out to tell them the tree was on fire.
Chambers leaped into action to save the lives of the family.
‘He made sure my mom got out and he got my aunt out,’ Goulet said.
The fire broke out at 4.30am as the couple were wrapping last-minute gifts
Chambers made sure all five people and the dog got out of the burning house
Chambers ran into the house at least three times and his fiancee Jackie Goulet (pictured) says he saved their lives
‘She’s handicapped, too. So she was scared,” she said. “He made sure she got out. And as soon as she was coming out the door, he was yelling, “You got Hailey? You got everybody?’ And we’re like, “Yeah we got everybody!”‘
‘He put everybody before himself,’ she said. ‘He’s always been like that.’
She said that he ran inside the burning house at least three times, even stopping to make sure the family dog made it out safely.
‘You could tell he was just in shock, just glad he got everybody out,’ Goulet said.
Goulet and Chambers had known each other 17 years, but had only been dating for a short time and had gotten engaged last month
She was able to help him walk about two feet before he collapsed.
‘My face got burnt trying to get out the front door,’ he said.
It was the last thing he said to Goulet.
Chambers was taken to the hospital by firefighters where he died at approximately 5.25am.
Goulet and Chambers had known each other 17 years, but had only been dating for a short time and had gotten engaged last month.
‘He knew what he was doing when he went in that fire to get everybody out,’ said Goulet’s mother Jeanine Gabriel.
‘I say he’s a hero, and he’s gonna be an angel on your shoulder for the rest of your life.’
‘He said I was his twin flame and I filled the void that he couldn’t fill with everything else in his life, Goulet said.
‘He’s finally found me and he was happy and ready to move forward, and it’s taken away.’
Chambers leaves behind three children of his own. A GoFundMe has been set up help cover the funeral expenses and damages from the fire.