Last year in August, 2 teenage boys secretly broke into a tire recycling complex located in Lockport, NY. They started a fire that kept burning for more than three days.
As they were messing around inside this vacant building, Joe Phillips (14 years old ) and his other friend (13 years old), whose name hasn’t been released out yet, lit some stuff like papers on fire. As the fire started to spread and go out of their control, Phillips’s friend rushed out to find some water and call for help. Phillips decided to stay inside and use his shirt to snuff out the flames. It wasn’t long before he realized that he was trapped.
Phillips kept calling for help but there wasn’t anyone around. Finally he decided to leave a heartbreaking voicemail to his friend when he didn’t pick up.
These words ended up being the last words Joseph ever said. His dead body was found inside the complex three days after this incident . The fire they started, resulted in destroying 15-acres of property. The overall damage cost was around $13 million and forced the residents of more than 200 homes to evacuate the area.
Check out Phillips’s last words in the video below
The other friend of Phillips has been found guilty for the charge of criminally negligent homicide. He has been sentenced to 1 year probation and has also been ordered to enter a mental treatment at WNY Children’s Psychiatric Center.