10-year-old saves lives of 40-person wedding party after venue catches fire

Wedding fire
(Courtesy: Sean Smith/ WSLS 10)

LEXINGTON COUNTY, Va. (WSLS 10) – A historic bed and breakfast in Virginia was destroyed after a late night fire, but everyone was saved thanks to a quick-thinking 10-year-old.

Owner Justin Peery told WSLS 10 that the fire at Good Place Farms Bed and Breakfast in Lexington started at 10:30 p.m. Saturday night.

The 40 guests staying at the business were in town for a wedding to be held just hours before the fire began.

According to Peery, the guests were saved by what he calls a “little hero.” A 10-year-old boy named Ashton Dunford was in an adjacent building when he saw the fire and immediately alerted everyone in the bed and breakfast.

“He saw outside of the residence the fire starting and went into the building screaming for the people to get out,” explained Peery.

Peery, a volunteer firefighter himself, says he was two or three miles away when the blaze started.

By the time he arrived on the scene, he knew it was a total loss.

The mother of the groom, Vaveca Moss, says the wedding decorations, flowers, grooms tuxes, bouquets and the passports of international guests were destroyed in the fire.

“Nobody died, praise the Lord. That’s what is important,” Moss said. “We are just overwhelmed with the comforting words and kind actions from the community. I wasn’t prepared for what I saw last night.”

Despite the fire, the family plans to move forward with Sunday’s wedding.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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