Fire rips through North Gower wedding venue
A fire that tore through a North Gower wedding chapel has left some Ottawa area couples scrambling to make alternative arrangements for their big day.
Bride-to-be Angela Skinner was supposed to get married in the chapel at the corner of Third Line and Stratton this weekend.
Flames erupted in the structure Monday night, leaving parts of the rustic chapel heavily damaged.
“I don’t know where we’ll have our ceremony or our reception,” Skinner said on Tuesday.
Reverend Dave Hunter and his wife Sophia own the venue.
“One day I was just sitting down here clearing it out, and I just felt a call to turn it into a chapel for couples to come to have a nice place to have a wedding,” Hunter said
The chapel has hosted hundreds of weddings over the years.
Despite the damage, the Hunters still hope they can make arrangements to host Skinner’s wedding.
“I just want this all to happen and for everyone to be happy,” Skinner said. “But I’m sad for them…they’ve worked really hard and I just want them to be okay and for our wedding to be okay.”
It’s not clear what started the fire.
Anyone who would like to help can contact the Hunters at Sophiahunter@bell.net
With files from CTV’s Ellen Mauro