FOXBORO, Mass. (WHDH) -
Engaged couples are changing their wedding plans after the Lakeview Pavilion in Foxborough burned to the ground this past weekend.
Nothing remains at the site except a pile of charred debris, following the incident fire officials blamed on careless disposal of a cigarette.
The owner said 200 couples had reservations booked to hold their receptions at the venue, and now many are scrambling to make new plans and let visitors know.
“I feel bad for everybody, all the brides. The bride that was there at the time, the brides that have their weddings there,” Amanda Brady, one of the women who was forced to make new plans for her reception, said. "A year and a half I have been planning this wedding. Yeah, now a week to get ready," she said.
Brady was set to marry her fiancé, Brian Doherty, at the Pavilion this coming Saturday, April 12.
“We’re going to call a couple of people in the family and hopefully they will spread the word, I know the well. And then at the church we’ll give out sheets and tell everybody where they have to go,” Brady said.
Brady said they’re looking all over to find somewhere with an opening this weekend.
Joann Harkin, the mother of the bride whose wedding the fire interrupted, said the situation was surreal.
"Some of the staff said, 'it's a fire. Everyone has to get out,'" Harkin said. She also said she wasn't sure her daughter believed what happened really happened.
"I think she was in shock. She was just standing there staring at it, like she couldn't believe it," Harkin said.
The owners of the Lakeview Pavilion issued a statement encouraging couples in need of assistance to email their event coordinator, Terry Memmo at firstname.lastname@example.org, to get help finding another venue.