JOLIET, Ill. — A historic mansion used for weddings, banquets and other events is damaged after a fire Wednesday afternoon in Joliet.
The Joliet Fire Department responded to the fire at The Haley Mansion on South Center Street.
Video from Skycam 9 shows smoke coming from the roof and firefighters still working.
A battalion chief with the fire department said no one was inside when the fire started and no injuries were reported.
He said while there is extensive damage to the mansion, he doesn’t think it will be a complete loss.
One couple said they are feeling blessed and fortunate to have had their wedding at the mansion just a couple of days ago, but are heartbroken for the many others who might not have the same opportunity.
Tim and Lynn VanNasdale just got married there on Jan. 28.
“It was sort of a barrage,” Lynn said. “We were getting hit on Facebook and messenger.”
The VanNasdales said while they are extremely sad about what has happened, they’re grateful they made it through their ceremony.
“Obviously we’re relieved we made it through our event and it was safe, but kind of heartbreaking for those that are working there and have things planned there,” Tim said.
The two who live in Pittsburgh are hoping the mansion can be restored and praying for everyone impacted.
Jesse Gonzalez, who has lived next door to the mansion for 33 years, said his neighbors shared the news with him.
According to the mansion’s website, the mansion was built by Patrick Columbus Haley and his wife Mary Anastasia Darcy in 1891 to support their six children. Construction took about two years.