Dad Paul Reid was leaving the Manchester Arena when he heard a ‘boom’. Instead of running, he ran back inside to help.
It was there he was greeted with a horrific scene: the Arena’s foyer was covered in dust and smoke, and people were “shouting, running and screaming”.
“I will never forget the sounds…[it] was absolute chaos,” the 42-year-old told The Sun.
“There were people lying all over the place.”
Paul - a forklift driver with first-aid training - was one of the first to call emergency services, telling them to "just send everything and anybody to the Manchester Arena, a big thing has happened".
"I was actually looking for a terrorist. I knew it had been a bomb," he said.
After comforting a few injured people, Paul said he saw eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos, lying near the exit door.
"I saw the little girl was conscious and I said, 'What’s your name?'" Paul said.
"When I asked her how old she was she said she was eight. I wanted to keep her talking and asked her if she had enjoyed the concert but then I realised she was having difficulty breathing.