LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — A fire at a popular wedding venue and golf club in Lincoln has left some couples worried about their special day.
Kirkbrae Country Club has a full calendar this season which is why they said they hit the ground running after a fire damaged the venue early Monday morning.
Lindsey Goulet is the maid of honor in her best friend’s wedding — just over two weeks away — and the ceremony and reception are both booked at Kirkbrae.
“My jaw was on the floor,” Goulet said. “Like, oh my god, I can’t believe this is happening. It’s insane.”
Goulet said her friend is “completely distraught” by the news, and hopes the worst-case scenario is that the wedding will be held outside in a tent — but her friend wants what she paid for.
“She wants it here, she wants it inside. She wants everything she paid full price for,” she added.
Goulet stopped by the venue to get a look at the damage herself.
“The main areas looked fine, but the whole kitchen side was all burnt and I could smell smoke,” she said.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Rhode Island Golf Association said Kirkbrae is using all of its resources to ensure the facility is “safe and operational sooner than expected.”
However, it’s unclear what the expected timeline is and just how many events this is impacting.
Goulet said her friend did get a phone call from the venue soon after the fire on Monday, and they told her they hope to have some answers Tuesday.
Workers were inside the venue all day Monday trying to get things back to normal, and they’ll be back first thing Tuesday morning. The power is back on in some parts of the building, 12 News has learned.
Meanwhile, other local venues are offering help. Jerry Garcia, the general manager of Agawam Hunt in Rumford, told 12 News they’re “more than willing” to assist in accommodating displaced events, if feasible.
“The club market is relatively small and we all need to help each other where we can,” Garcia said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.