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Alarm bells at wedding

Last updated 05:00 19/03/2014
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VENUE RELOCATION: Wedding guests take to the Tasting Room at Goldie after a fire alarm evacuates the main building. The alarm was turned off about 25 minutes later by the Waiheke volunteer fire brigade.

ON CALL: Ben Lash, Sam McDonald and Shane Webster are three of the volunteer firefighters who responded to an 11.15pm callout when the fire alarm at Goldie Vineyard went off at a wedding on Saturday.

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The threat of an inferno did not spoil the wedding party of an Auckland couple when a fire alarm went off at the end of their celebrations in The Goldie Room.

It happened on Saturday night, after a wedding in the cellar room and a reception in the main vineyard restaurant.

The band, King Tide, had just finished its last number at 11.15pm when band leader Pat Urlich announced through the microphone that everyone had to get out as the fire alarm was going off.

Guests were quickly evacuated to the Goldie Tasting Room where staff moved drinks, wedding cake and cheese platters for everyone to continue enjoying themselves.

One fire engine attended the scene and two remained outside the venue as back up.

The alarm was quickly disabled and the bride and groom left in a taxi.

"It's all in a day's work," volunteer fire fighters Ben Lash, Sam McDonald and Shane Webster say.

This was the second time the fire service has been called out to a wedding in eight days.

Ben, Sam, Shane and colleagues attended a callout on March 7 and put out a real blaze after three cars exploded and the bride had been diverted from the wedding venue in Rocky Bay.

"It was just as well there was no wind that day or the result would have been very different," they say.

Fire chief Ron Leonard says he believes the weather could have played its part in The Goldie Room alarm going off on Saturday.

"The defective alarm could have been caused by dampness or the humidity - that's undetermined - but I put the cause down as weather-related."

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