Bride-to-be's home destroyed in fire, firefighters save her big day

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Updated: 3/17/2014 9:38 pm
SUN VALLEY, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- In the heat of disaster, firefighters' concentrate on two things: saving lives, and saving the home and valuables inside. It's the inherent compassion in their duties that saved one bride-to-be's big day.

The chaos and confusion was caught on a neighbor's cell phone as flames ripped through Barbara Dorrell's childhood home in Sun Valley early Sunday. "To watch your home burn, there's nothing you can do, but stand back and say goodbye." 

The mobile home where Barbara, her fiancé Glenn, and 4-month-old son Riley, lived is a complete loss. The entire family made it out of the house safely, and the next step for firefighters was to secure valuables, including Barbara's wedding dress.

Barbara and Glenn plan to exchange their vows just three short months from now. The dress was tucked away, and she forgot about it as firefighters battled the flames.

"The first thing I thought was my son's stuff. We don't make a whole lot,” Dorrell said. “It's hard to replace things where you spent so much time getting."

Captain Brad Noble was one of fifteen firefighters on scene who passed items they thought would be important to the family through a broken window; including family photos, baby Riley's crib, and the wedding dress.

"It feels very good to help them out,” said Noble. “That's why a lot of us do this job. We're able to help people out in a time of need."

His colleague, firefighter Haley grabbed the dress from the house, and Noble brought it to Barbara. "When they honestly brought it, it was more of a shock than ‘Oh yeah! Oh my gosh, my dress!’” Dorrell said. “It's pretty amazing. There's not a whole lot of damage done to it. It's pretty cool they were able to save it.”

Wedding planning has been put on hold, but eventually Barbara says she will get back on her feet and walk down the aisle to her new life rebuilt from ashes. “It’ll symbolize so much more than just a pretty dress on a great day. It's going to bring back a lot of memories, whether it be good or bad. It's just trying to find the silver lining in everything.”

The family is accepting donations, especially for baby Riley. If you would like to help, you can e-mail
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