Wedding fire causes panic




An estimated 400 guests were present at the Marmaris wedding hall, in Daih, when the fire broke out just 10 minutes after the bride arrived.

It happened in the early hours of yesterday and panicked guests rushed towards the exit.

Some of the female guests, including Zainab Ahmed, fainted and required medical attention but nobody was seriously hurt.

“It was the wedding of my brother-in-law’s son and attendees included relatives and guests,” said Ms Ahmed, 22.

“The fire started 10 minutes after the bride arrived in the hall.

“Everyone was so happy singing, clapping and dancing when the fire broke out in one of the LED lights.

“It caused panic among everyone in the hall, who ran towards the main door to get out.

“The bride suffered a lot as her dress and make-up were ruined and no one cared about her.

“It was like a nightmare as people started pushing each other.

“I fainted because there was no ventilation due to the rush.

“There were three other women who fainted, but thank God nothing major happened and everyone is fine.

“We were all discharged from the hospital later.”

The fire broke out at around 12.30am and is believed to have been caused by a short-circuit.

Relatives of the bride and groom are now seeking a refund from the venue.

“We paid around BD1,800 and we want the money back after what happened,” said Ms Ahmed.

A Marmaris spokesman described the incident as a minor fire and stressed that nobody was hurt.

“It was a minor fire near the buffet table and nothing major happened,” he told the GDN.

“No one was hurt except four who fainted and everything was taken care of.

“These women fainted due to the rush and lack of ventilation, so they were taken to hospital.”

Firemen were able to put out the fire before it could spread and the Interior Ministry confirmed the incident on its official Twitter account.

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