One Direction's Liam Payne has publicly commented on saving his close friend Andy Samuels from a fire that broke out on Sept. 2, 2013 in Payne's home. On Sept. 5, 2013, Payne tweeted: "“It has been a tough few days and has only made me value everything so much more. He’s doing really well and I’m just so happy he’s going to be OK. No one wants to see their best mate like this.”
According to the Daily Mirror, the fire started when a patio heater in Payne's apartment exploded, "with gas catching light and the flames tearing through the singer’s kitchen. Liam swiftly ran to Andy, who had been attempting to re-fill the heater, and dragged him clear. Another man and a woman are believed to have suffered superficial burns to their hands ...
"[The fire] destroyed 80 percent of the roof terrace ...In all, 30 people had to flee the high-rise building, which features a spa, health club and cinema. None of the other members of 1D were in the flat at the time although it is thought Liam’s girlfriend Sophia Smith, 19, may have been with him.
On the day that the fire occurred, Samuels tweeted before the accident happened, "Fo' show straight up gangsta BBQ in da clouds ya feel."
After the accident, Payne called Samuels an "invincible man" in a tweet to Samuels.
Andy’s girlfriend, beauty writer Daisie Smith, tweeted a public message to well-wishers: “Thank you so much for all of your lovely messages & prayers. On behalf of Andy’s family & I we’d like you to know he is in a stable condition.”
Samuels' stepfather Matthew Baker told the Daily Mirror, "We are so grateful to Liam because he saved his life. The lantern just exploded as Andy was lighting it and it took the full force of the flames. Liam helped him by beating out the flames and dousing him with water. He acted quickly and swiftly. What happened was absolutely awful. My son is very poorly. I’ve spoken to Liam on the phone and he told me exactly what happened. He is very shocked himself. It’s bad enough but it could have been a lot worse.”
Meanwhile, Andy's sister Harriet tweeted: "I want to thank Liam for saving my brother."
In the 3-D documentary "One Direction: This Is Us," Payne mentioned that if hadn't become a singer, he would have chosen to be a fireman.
Payne and Samuels have been close friends long before One Direction was formed on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2010 and before the group went on to having worldwide fame.
Oct. 6, 2013 update: Samuels did an exclusive interview with the Daily Mirror about the fire incident. Samuels said, “I can still see Liam trying to put out the flames with his hands. I was set completely on fire. Terror is the only word fit to describe what I was feeling. The pain and the panic I felt is something no one should have to go through. I was the one that was injured, but it was a crazy, horrible experience for Liam to witness as well.”