Wedding party helps rescue elderly couple from Perry house fire

bpurser@macon.comMarch 3, 2014 

A wedding party and a Perry police officer helped an elderly couple to safety when their home caught on fire Sunday afternoon.

“I’ve never pulled up to a fire and seen a man in a tuxedo and a woman in a wedding dress come out the front of a fire,” Perry Fire Chief Joel Gray said.

Gray said he pulled up to the 2:12 p.m. fire to see members of the wedding party helping the elderly couple down the front steps of the home in the 1300 block of Main Street.

Members of the wedding party were across the street when they heard a crack or a pop and saw smoke coming out of the house, Gray said. The group was getting ready for a wedding at Forest Hill Park near Main Street and Forest Hill Drive.

“They went over there and got them out,” Gray said.

No one was hurt, and the house was destroyed, Gray said. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Firefighters were on the scene for more than six hours. Peach County and Warner Robins firefighters assisted Perry firefighters. Perry firefighters from the main station had been out at a brush fire aiding Houston County when the call went out for the house fire, Gray said.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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