Rising From The Ashes

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The Fountains Ballroom reopens for wedding season

By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

The Fountains Ballroom hosted a coffee Thursday for members of the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce.

Just 168 days ago, the Fountains Ballroom was hosting fire departments from Glenwood, Oak Township, Pacific Junction and Silver City.

A fire raged through the popular wedding facility northwest of Mineola on Dec. 17, destroying the building and threatening the more than 80 weddings already scheduled at the facility and the family-run business owned by Erin and Marty Williams.

The fire, sparked by what was later determined to be a faulty electrical outlet, roared through the 10,000 square foot building sometime after 4 a.m. and fire fighters took more than eight hours to get the blaze under control.

The Williams, with their children – ages 4 and 10 months – were asleep in the facility’s living quarters at the time the fire broke out. All escaped unharmed. A family dog and cat were killed in the fire but no other injuries were reported.

The building was completely leveled by the fire.

Almost immediately the Williams said they planned to rebuild.

On May 1, that plan came to fruition as the new and improved Fountains Ballroom hosted its first wedding since that December night. Since then the facility has averaged three weddings per weekend since.

The Fountains Ballroom held their “grand opening” May 30. More than 700 of the re-built facility’s contractors, their families, prospective couples and supporters attended.

“It was a great chance for us to say thank you and for a lot of our scheduled brides and 2011 upcoming brides to see it,” Erin Williams said.

The bigger and better ballroom is now 14,000 square, included in that is 1,000 more feet of desperately needed office space and a new living quarters, a complete photography editing studio and an ornate double grand staircase. Other architectural features, like new columns, arches and a new color on the building’s exterior have also been added.