Firefighters in Rising Fawn spent the early morning hours Wednesday trying to contain a fire that burned a popular wedding venue. The General Woods Inn at 1346 Deer Head Cove Road has long been a place where local couples choose to tie the knot. But now the owners will have to rebuild. Reporter Katherine Marchand managed to contact the owners of the venue, who said they were staying in Cherokee, North Carolina overnight when they got a call about the fire from a family member. Bob and Nadine Woods tell us there are no weddings booked at the venue until April. However, they say they have called this building home for 35 years, and raised their children there. "Nadine and I were talking about our Christmas trees with mementos that our kids made," said Bob Woods, a retired general. "They're all gone now." Woods served in the Middle East and says coming home was always special. "No matter what was going on out there in the world, I could sit on my front porch, drink tea, pet my dog, and take in this view and everything was right with the world for a while," Woods reminisced. Woods says his military experience is keeping him calm and rational as he and his wife try to make arrangements for themselves and for 10 other couples who pre-booked spring weddings here. The owners say the Inn typically holds wedding ceremonies outside, where there's a beautiful view, but wedding parties get ready inside.

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