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Firefighter helps save place he’ll get married at from burning down

"I’m really pleased that we were able to respond as quickly as we did, and that my wedding will be able to go ahead!”

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A firefighter helped save his wedding venue - when he was called to a field fire which threatened a church. (Thornbury's FireFighters via SWNS)

By Daniel Jae Webb via SWNS

A firefighter helped save his wedding venue - when he was called to a field fire which threatened a church.

The flames were rapidly spreading from a corn field towards Grade II-listed 15th-century St Arilda’s Church in Oldbury-on-Severn, England on Saturday, August 13.

But firefighter Dan Pearce was more than heavily invested in stopping the raging blaze before it hit church - because he's due to get married there in three weeks.

Crews from Avon Fire and Rescue Service, supported by local residents and farmers, were able to put out the flames just as they touched the church wall.

A firefighter helped save his wedding venue - when he was called to a field fire which threatened a church. (Thornbury's FireFighters via SWNS)
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John Riddiford, Thornbury Fire Station's watch manger, said: "The flames had actually reached the church wall on one side.

"Crews managed to surround the spread and check the spread with beaters and high pressure hose reels but also used several local farmers with their mechanical equipment to put in fire breaks and spray the hedges, banks and edges of the field.

"I’d like to thank all those local residents who brought us drinks and even ice lollies to keep us going."

Firefighter Pearce was pleased to have helped save the church - and in turn, his wedding day.

“It was a great privilege to be able to help with this incident, as it’s a place that’s so important to the community," he said.

"I’m really pleased that we were able to respond as quickly as we did, and that my wedding will be able to go ahead!”

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