When he was 12, Ed "Kip" Malone was on his way to the store to buy some butter when he happened upon a house on fire and heard a woman calling for someone to help her children. He ran inside and found two little girls, ages 3 and 5, and helped them out of the house. That was in 1951, and the Canadian man always wondered what happened to them. Then, this November, Malone moved into the house next door to Margaret Fowler—and while trading stories about their lives one day, they realized Fowler was one of the two little girls Malone had saved 65 years ago. He has since also been reunited with the other little girl, Fowler's sister Barbara Earle, and the trio told their story to the CBC's St. John's Morning Show this week.
"She just looked at me and nearly fainted," Malone says of the moment Fowler told the story of the little girls he'd saved. He found Fowler first, but she refused to leave because her little sister was still somewhere in the house. Malone searched until he finally found Earle under a bed, then led both girls to safety, the Telegram reports. The fire killed the girls' grandmother, and left the girls, their six siblings, and their parents homeless. In the years since, their parents as well as Malone's parents have died. "It's a miracle as far as I'm concerned," Fowler says of the sisters' reunion with Malone. "I think it was meant to be. Both of our parents are dead ... something happened up in heaven that our parents got us together." Adds Earle, "How do you thank him, only to say thank you? I mean, there will always be this connection with us. And that I love you. I don't know what else to say."