One Iraqi wedding ended in tragedy after a fire killed more than 100 people, leaving roughly 150 more injured.
The fire, which broke out at a wedding venue in the nation’s Nineveh province, appeared to have stemmed from a fireworks display during the bride and groom’s first dance. In the purported footage of the incident, which has since gone viral on social media, the flames quickly engulfed what appeared to be a floral arrangement suspended from the ceiling, leaving flaming debris falling to the ground and panicked guests running for their lives.
“We miraculously left the place,” a relative of the newlyweds, who survived the inferno, told local news outlet Iraq Channel 1. Though the attendee, as well as the bride and groom, were all able to safely evacuate, the couple is allegedly still reeling from the tragedy.
“I was just with them, and their psychological condition was very difficult,” they continued. “I took some wounded to the hospital. What I saw in the hospital is difficult to describe. Many of the victims were burned and dead.”
We can only hope that their inevitable vow renewal goes much more smoothly — everyone deserves a mulligan.