The celebration of a lifetime went down in flames for one couple on Saturday night, after a fire broke out during the middle of their wedding, forcing the evacuation of over 140 guests and destroying a beloved Massachusetts venue.
The fire started around 7.15pm at the historic Lakeview Pavilion in Foxborough, moments after the marriage ceremony concluded.
'I had literally just pronounced them husband and wife, and they proceeded down the center aisle with the groomsmen and bridesmaids (and) I looked up and saw some smoke,' Justice of the Peace Jerry Cibley told The Sun Chronicle.
'I initially thought it was the fog machine.'
A firefighter works on the scene of a multiple alarm fire at the popular Lakeview Pavilion in Foxborough, Mass. According to guests at the venue, the fire is believed to have started in a pile of newly-applied mulch
Several onlookers said it appeared the fire started in some newly-applied mulch outside the building, which is surrounded by a lake and woods, but it quickly spread to the building itself.
'The bride and groom are devastated — this was their big day,' Cibley said.
Firefighters battled the flames using water from the nearby lake, while scores of onlookers arrived at the scene to lament the loss of the 108-year-old landmark.
'Thank goodness the lake is there,' said Paul Hubrich, who lives down the road.
Source: Daily Mail