Newlyweds get stunning photo after fire burns vacant building in Dayton, Ohio
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - It's not every day that you get married. It's also not every day that you top a special moment with an amazingly unexpected stroke of luck.
Late Saturday night, a massive fire sparked at a vacant warehouse building at Bacon and Bainbridge in Dayton. While firefighters worked to get it under control, newlyweds Dillon and Corrie Jameson were greeting guests at their reception inside Top of the Market.
Dillon told Fox 45 that within minutes of flames lighting up the sky and thick, black smoke starting to blow their way, guests were running toward the windows.
"My stepbrother is looking out the window doing a Facebook Live, and he's like, 'Dayton is literally on fire right now.'"
By then, the building was completely engulfed, and the couple could feel the heat from a few blocks away.
“Huge flames," Dillon said. "My first thought was, 'Where is Megan? We’ve got to get this.'”
Megan Allen, owner of Studio 22 Photography was already picturing the moment.
"We kind of looked at each other and immediately knew this needed to happen," Allen told Fox 45's Shavon Anderson.
At that moment though, she wasn't sure what the couple wanted to do.
“That’s when she asked, 'You guys want to leave your own wedding?'" Dillon said. "I’m like absolutely!”
With the streets blocked off, the only way to the fire was up a bypass and over two sets of train tracks. The couple didn't think twice, with Corrie in her white dress.
After crossing the tracks, they stood on top of a small, gravel mound. Dillon said they could feel the heat on the backs.
"We've been together seven years, engaged for six of those," Corrie said. "I think that picture says a lot about us and our relationship, and how one-of-a-kind this whole thing is."
"We wanted that one picture we could blow up and put on our wall," Dillon added. "I think that's the one."
Allen group stressed that everyone was safe while near the fire, and they weren't on the train tracks. They also moved quickly when police and firefighters asked them to find a safer place to photograph from.