Hapless fiance, 26, set fire to flat when he spelt out 'Marry Me' using tea ...

A hapless fiance accidentally burned down he and his partner's flat when tea lights he had arranged to spell out 'Marry Me?' in a romantic proposal set fire to their living room.

In a grand but ultimately ill-fated gesture, Albert Ndreu, 26, arranged 100 mini-candles on the floor of his flat so he could pop the question to his girlfriend Valerija Madevic.

The besotted waiter then left to pick-up his unaware sweetheart from work and planned to surprise her when they returned.

But Valerija had a very different surprise when the couple returned to their flat in Sheffield, South Yorks, and found smoke coming through the door.

The couple called the fire brigade who rushed three crews down to the scene.

Yet all was not lost for ambitious Albert, who, decided to get down on one knee anyway outside their burnt-out flat.

Remarkably, plucky Albert's proposal paid-off when Valerija said 'yes'.

In a grand but ultimately ill-fated gesture, Albert Ndreu, 26, arranged 100 mini candles on his floor to help him pop the question to his girlfriend Valerija Madevic (pictured with Albert in the burnt out flat)

In a grand but ultimately ill-fated gesture, Albert Ndreu, 26, arranged 100 mini candles on his floor to help him pop the question to his girlfriend Valerija Madevic (pictured with Albert in the burnt out flat)

Albert had arranged the surprise proposal, but Valerija had a very different surprise when the couple returned to their flat in Sheffield, South Yorks, and found smoke coming through the door

Albert had arranged the surprise proposal, but Valerija had a very different surprise when the couple returned to their flat in Sheffield, South Yorks, and found smoke coming through the door

He had used 100 tealights to spell out the words 'Marry Me?' as a romantic gesture to his girlfriend

He had used 100 tealights to spell out the words 'Marry Me?' as a romantic gesture to his girlfriend

All was not lost for ambitious Albert, who, decided to get down on one knee anyway outside their burnt-out flat.

All was not lost for ambitious Albert, who, decided to get down on one knee anyway outside their burnt-out flat.

The disastrous episode took place after Albert had spent two weeks meticulously planning his perfect proposal after buying a ring for Valerija.

He had decided to surprise his sweetheart by filling their living room with over candles and around 100 tealights and roughly 60 balloons.

Some of the lights he used to spell out 'Marry Me?' on the floor.

Albert then went out to pick up his love to bring her home for the surprise - but after he left it caught fire.

Three fire crews rushed to the scene at roughly 8.30pm after Valerija saw clouds of dark smoke emanating from their flat's door.

But Albert was undeterred and got down on one knee and asked the love of his life if she would marry him.

With sirens wailing in the distance and their flat engulfed in flames, the love struck girlfriend said the all-important 'yes'.

However the couple's studio flat was gutted by flames and smoke damage.

Albert said: 'I was planning the proposal for over two weeks - I kept struggling to find the right thing to do to mark the special moment.

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

'Valerija always says the most important thing is the small gestures every day - but I wanted to do something special for the proposal.

'I bought the most important thing, which was the ring, and I just needed to make sure the day was perfect.

'It didn't go exactly as I thought it would but she said yes, so I think the day took an unexpected turn but ended up exactly how I wanted it to.'

Albert spent over four hours preparing his romantic setting - two of which were spent blowing up the 60 balloons and lighting up the candles.

Albert had left the tealights burning on the floor when he went to pick up Valerija from her work

Albert had left the tealights burning on the floor when he went to pick up Valerija from her work

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But when they returned to the flat it was ablaze after the tealights had set fire to the room (slide from left to right to see the flat before and after the fire)

He also had a bottle of Chianti waiting for them, and had a non-stop romance playlist playing on a speaker.

Of all the things that Albert worried could go wrong, he never expected to find his home left in ashes.

He said: 'I put balloons and candles

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