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Local Hattiesburg Venue Catches Fire

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LAMAR COUNTY, - Miss. - Disaster strikes a local venue, The Barn of Bridlewood is temporarily closed after a late Thursday night fire.

The Fire Department says they were dispatched on the scene around 10:30 p.m.

The owners, Tori and Nathan Banks say it's every business owner's worst nightmare.

"We we are doing our best to get our head wrapped around what has to be done," said Tori Banks.

The Bankses say they opened up the facility last September, they are devastated to have to start over.

"We worked our tales off trying to get it ready," she said.

Fire Chief Reggie Ridgway said most of the fire damage was done in the utility and storage room, but the rest of the facility received heavy heat damage. He said the building burned on the inside for quite sometime before it reached the exterior for someone to notice.

"The facilities outside are still good," Nathan Banks said.

They do plan on using those while work is being done to the barn. Their events scheduled for this weekend have been moved to other local venues. Other brides are hoping the repairs are made before their wedding day.

"We have guest coming from Sweden, Texas, California and all over," bride-to-be Brittany Stringer said. Her wedding date is booked for April 12 at the Barn of Bridlewood.

"We can't really pick another date," she said.

The Bankses said a year ago today, March 21, is when they first broke ground on the property.

"It's kind of ironic and very devastating," Tori Banks said."We worked very hard."

Investigators are not sure at this time what started the fire.

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