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Dayleen Marrero heard sirens as she answered an afternoon phone call from her soon-to-be husband, Andrew Taylor. The couple was set to marry that evening.
Standing next to the couple's pit bull mix, Taylor was outside their home grasping his tuxedo, the only thing he was able to take with him after escaping a fire inside their home. Prepping for her big day at a nearby hotel, Marrero was stunned by the news.
As reported by +The Chicago Tribune,+ two groomsmen also living in the same building lost their dog and cat in the fire. Silks and costumes used by Marrero, an aerial acrobat, also perished, as did Taylor's paintings and instruments. The more sentimental items
journals and photoswere destroyed.
Despite the sadness, cancelling the wedding wasn't an option. "Probably the only thing that could distract us from our house burning down is the wedding," Taylor told the paper. Unable to secure their wedding rings post-fire, Taylor borrowed an uncle's ring and Marrero used her engagement ring during the ceremony. Their spirits lifted during the ceremony, but Marrero told the paper she had to be by herself throughout the night to cry. "It was the saddest I've ever been in my whole life, and I was the happiest as well."
While waiting for the possibility to reenter their home, the couple has been crashing on a friend's couch. The discovery of their wedding certificate by the fire marshal was one bright spot, as was the "GoFundMe "fire relief fund" webpage set up by friends.
"[The wedding] was everything I dreamed of," Marrero told the paper. "It just happened to be the same day where we lost everything."
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Other couples have experienced similar hardships from home fires. Share these stories, made possible by NFPA's Faces of Fire Campaign. (Scroll down to the "Homeowners Stories" section.) If you have any personal stories involving home fires, respond to this post. We would love to read them, and will possibly highlight them in future posts.
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