Five-Alarm Fire Serves as Unlikely Backdrop to Wedding Photos

Pixel Dust Photography(GILBERT, Ariz.) -- One Arizona couple is thankful that no one was injured after a nearby fire almost shut down their wedding reception.

Extreme heat caused a fire to erupt at a nearby apartment building under construction, causing massive clouds of billowing smoke to loom overhead while J.T. and Carly Morrissey had their first dance at wedding venue, Shenandoah Mill, in Gilbert, Arizona.

The moment was captured by their photographer in snaps that are now getting attention on Facebook. Eric Butler of Pixel Dust Photography wrote as a caption, "The fire started just as we kicked off their first dance around 6 pm."

J.T. told ABC News that they didn't think anything was awry when he and his wife heard sirens.

His wife Carly agreed.

"I remember getting on the dance floor and being excited about it," she recalled. "And I remember making that first turn and just seeing that big gray plume of smoke and [saying], 'What's going on?' And I remember thinking, 'OK, well, I'm sure it's no big deal."

It turns out that the local fire department had to deploy "more than 40 fire trucks and 120 firefighters," according to its Twitter account, to fight the blaze that erupted on Civic Center Drive. Although nearby residents had to be evacuated, there was surprisingly only one injury -- a firefighter had to be taken to the hospital for a heat-related injury, according to ABC News affiliate KNXV-TV in Phoenix.

J.T. said that he and other wedding guests were "extremely relieved" after hearing no one was seriously injured from the blaze.

"We're really thankful for all of the first responders and firefighters...and everyone that went there to make sure it stayed under control and make sure everybody was OK," he said.

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Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing

Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombingSeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Officials broke ground in Boston Wednesday for a new park dedicated to Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Martin was 8 years old when he killed on April 15, 2013, as he watched the marathon from near the finish line with his family. His mother was gravely injured, and his sister, who was 7 at the time,
lost a leg.

Photos from Wednesday's ceremonial groundbreaking show children in hard hats using shovels to dig dirt. Martin's Park, located next to the Boston Children's Museum at the Smith Family Waterfront,
is expected to open in the fall of 2018, according to a press release from the office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

"This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids," Baker wrote on Twitter.

#MartinRichard lost his life to terror. This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids. pic.twitter.com/lYUTMyZNxV

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) August 16, 2017

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wrote on Twitter that the park will remind its visitors of "hope, compassion & love."

"Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park," Walsh wrote.

This park reminds us of hope, compassion & love a young boy taught us all. Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park. pic.twitter.com/w6Plokx6D7

— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) August 16, 2017

Both Baker and Walsh spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony, as well as Martin's family.

Martin's sister, Jane Richard, said she knows that her brother is happy that the community is coming together.

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