A man’s romantic candlelit proposal went completely south after he accidentally set his home on fire – leaving the couple’s house destroyed.

Albert Ndreu spent two weeks carefully plotting the perfect proposal after buying a ring for his girlfriend of one year, Valerija Madevic.

The 26-year-old used 100 tea lights and around 60 balloons to transform their Sheffield, UK home as he spelt “Marry Me?” with the candles.

He even had a bottle of champagne and a “non-stop romance” playlist on loop, ready to surprise Valerija when she finished work.

But disaster soon struck when Albert left home to collect Valerija, leaving the candles unattended.

As they returned, they saw witnesses watching their home “burning down”.

“I was planning the proposal for over two weeks – I kept struggling to find the right thing to do to mark the special moment,” Albert said.


“I wanted to do something from my heart even if it didn’t go exactly as planned.”

Despite the moment going horribly wrong, it didn’t stop Albert from getting down on one knee and luckily for him, Valerija said “yes”.

“I was so worried about everything going wrong I never imagined I could set the house on fire,” he said.

“But it will always be an unforgettable day for us and a story which will be amazing to tell our children.”

Speaking of the proposal, Valerija said she started the evening thinking her now fiancé had done something stupid after he came to her work with flowers.

“When I got the flowers I thought he must have broken something or destroyed something in the house,” she said.

“Little did I know he had destroyed our entire living room.”

But she was even more stunned after Albert got down on one knee among the ashes of their belongings. 

“He pulled out a box from his pocket and I was just speechless.

“He said that he messed up – our house was literally in flames – but asked me if I would marry him.

“And I said yes.”

After the dramatic proposal, three fire crews were able to extinguish the flames, leaving the home filled with ashes.

This article originally appeared on Over60.