Wisconsin bride-to-be dies after house fire on her WEDDING DAY after being framed
A Wisconsin bride-to-be has died after being trapped in her house fire on her wedding day just hours before she was due to get married.
Paige Ruddy, 19, was sleeping on the second floor of a Reedsburg home on the 200 block of W. 2nd Street when she was engulfed in flames around 4 a.m. Tuesday.
The house had no smoke detectors to warn of the fire, giving Ruddy no warning or time to escape. She lived in the house with her fiancé and grandparents, but it’s unclear if it was the three others inside the house who escaped unharmed.
When firefighters arrived, they smashed a second-story window to get to Ruddy, who died in hospital a day later from a brain hemorrhage caused by smoke inhalation.
Heartbroken family members remembered the teenager as a ‘presence you couldn’t explain you still needed in your life’.
“She was just a precious human,” her aunt Holly said, according to 13 News. ‘There was nothing about her that you couldn’t like.’
Paige Ruddy, 19, was sleeping at her home in Reedsburg, Wis., when she was engulfed in flames around 4 a.m. Tuesday. Ruddy was due to marry her fiancé Logan Mitchell-Carter, who is now planning his funeral. Pictured: Paige Ruddy and her fiancé Logan Mitchell-Carter
The house had no smoke detectors to warn of the fire, giving Ruddy no warning or time to escape. Three other people were also inside the house but were not injured.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but police suspect there was no foul play.
The bride-to-be was hours away from marrying the love of her life Logan Mitchell-Carter before the tragic incident.
According to Holly, the lovebirds exchanged vows privately on Monday hours before the fire.
They were scheduled to wed Tuesday surrounded by close family at the Sauk County Courthouse.
A GoFundMe dedicated to covering Ruddy’s medical and funeral expenses mourned the late teenager as her family now prepares to lay her to rest.
“On Monday night, the Ruddy family of Reedsburg, Wis., fell asleep elated to attend Paige Ruddy and Logan Mitchell-Carter’s small wedding ceremony,” fundraiser organizer Brea Behn wrote. .
“Instead they were woken up by the police to be told there was a fire.”
Ruddy has been remembered as selfless and “full of life” from the day she was born.
“She was kind, fun and, according to her family, had a lot of courage. Paige always worked hard in everything she did.
“All the normal things a child does, but also extra things to help their grandparents, parents, siblings and friends. Everything from helping grandma with drywall to helping her parents with daily work as the older brother of three children.
Heartbroken family members remembered the teenager as a ‘presence you couldn’t explain you still needed in your life’. Pictured: Ruddy
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but police suspect no foul play was involved
Ruddy planned to attend Madison Area Technical College in the fall to become a vet tech
Lily Markgraf remembered the fun she had had with her friend since seventh grade and mourned the life she won’t be able to live.
“I will never forget all the fun we had between lunches, classes together and all the projects we worked on together,” Markgraf wrote on Facebook.
“I’ll never forget the weddings we planned on Pinterest, all the advice given back and forth, your awesome sense of humor.”
Markgraf continued, ‘You deserved to be able to get married. . You deserved an opportunity to be able to start your own family one day. Life really isn’t fair.
Another person who appeared to be close to Ruddy and her fiancé Mitchell-Carter wrote a heartbreaking tribute to the teenager while recalling her future plans.
“These two adorable children were to become husband and wife. Very much in love, they envisioned a bright future together,” wrote Sarah Fry on Facebook. They were saving up to buy a house.
Ruddy and her fiancé planned to move out of the family home and buy their own property.
Ruddy planned to attend Madison Area Technical College in the fall to become a veterinary technician.