Bride and groom, Justice of the Peace, and over 140 guests had to flee the Lakeview Pavilion, April 5th, 2014. Shortly after the commencement of the marriage ceremony on Saturday, a fire broke out at the facility in Foxborough, Massachusetts causing all those in attendance to vacate the premises. Everyone made it out successfully, which could have been far worse considering the magnitude of the fire and the number of people present for the event. Local firefighters had the added resource of the nearby lake to help quell the flames; however, despite the efforts of numerous trucks, the historic venue could not be saved. This well-known and popular location for weddings, proms and other celebrations was almost completely consumed by the flames after its 108 year life span. The fire may have begun in the recently placed mulch at the facility.
Though the nearby Renaissance Hotel was able to plan a hasty reception for the couple, the atmosphere of the event was heavy with the recent situation fresh in guests’ minds. This catastrophic event was devastating to the newlyweds whose event was ruined and to the building owners, the Kourtidis, who had purchased the building from the Ross family in 1988 and had just recently completed substantial renovations.
Their two daughters Natalia and Tsoumbasnos Kapourelakos were the current managers of the building, and are understandably distraught by the loss caused by the event. Many locals arrived to mourn the unfortunate destruction of such a beautiful and notable landmark, and neighbor Patricia Kissinger responded when interviewed “…it was something serious. They [fire engines and ambulances] just kept coming. It’s just so sad… We all love it.”
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