A 19-year-old bride dies in a fire on the day of her wedding. In the house in Wisconsin in the USA there were probably no fire alarms.
Reedsburg/Wisconsin - The wedding was supposed to be the start of her happy life - but now a 19-year-old bride is dead. She died on her wedding day in a fire inferno. As her family explained, Paige Ruddy died on Wednesday afternoon from a cerebral hemorrhage resulting from smoke inhalation on Tuesday (May 23, 2023).
House burns on the day of the wedding: fire brigade has to smash windows
Her Aunt Holly told WMTV that Ruddy and her fiancé Logan Mitchell-Carter exchanged their vows privately on Monday evening before the small wedding. The couple wanted close relatives to come to the ceremony at the Sauk County Courthouse, which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday. But things turned out differently. At a recent wedding in India, the families of a newlyweds decided to make a spontaneous change of plan after the bride collapsed dead in the middle of the ceremony.
Around 4 a.m., her grandparents' house in Reedsburg, where she lived with her fiancé Mirchell-Carter, was on fire. Paige, who slept on the first floor, did not manage to fight her way through the smoke, according to fire chief Craig Douglas. The fire brigade had to smash a window to free them from the burning building. In the hospital, however, the doctors could no longer intervene decisively: She died a day later in the presence of her families as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage caused by smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated, but the police believe that there is no fault on the part of others.
Holly said the family didn't think there were any working smoke detectors in the house and asked others to double-check their own homes to prevent similar disasters from happening to them. "She was just a valuable person." There was nothing about her that you couldn't like," Holly said of Paige Ruddy. "She was that presence you never knew you would need in your life, but you always needed." Holly described her niece as a person who loved very much and displayed a courageous and independent attitude.
Bride dies in Wisconsin on the day of her wedding: 'She had a big, caring heart'
Lily Markgraf also spoke about Ruddy's death. She had graduated from Reedsburg Area High School in June 2022 along with Ruddy. Ruddy was the first friend she found when she moved to Reedsburg, a city of 9200 inhabitants (as of 2010), when she was in seventh grade. "She had a big, caring heart," Markgraf said. "She was there for anyone who needed it, even if she didn't like the person. If they needed their help, she would be there to help them. I will miss her for the rest of my life."
The family will hold a private funeral service next week, according to the report. Holly said that they will have a public celebration of life at a later date. Ruddy's family asked others to honor their memory by giving them a tight hug to their loved ones. There was also a drama in the US state of South Carolina: Five hours after the wedding, the bride is dead and the husband is in hospital. (cgsc)