Groom reveals he and bride have to move away after horror fire at their wedding killed 100 guests

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By Kim Novak

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The newlyweds whose wedding turned to tragedy due to a devastating fire at their venue have revealed that they are going to have to move away from their community in the wake of it.

Revan, 27, and his wife Haneen, 18, were in the middle of their first dance in front of hundreds of guests when tragedy struck as the venue's ceiling caught on fire.

Footage of the horrifying incident saw the groom's face turn to panic as he spotted the blaze, before the couple and their guests ran to get out of the venue. Tragically, 100 did not make it out as the burning ceiling collapsed.

Now, the couple has revealed they will have to leave their town following the tragedy, due in part to some of the community blaming them for the deaths.

Speaking about the tragedy, Revan told Sky News: "That's it, we can't live here anymore. We can't live here anymore, I mean every time we try to have some happiness, something tragic happens to us and destroys the happiness so it's best for us to leave.

"[Haneen]'s lost 10 relatives from her family, her loved ones, her mom, her brother. She can't speak."

The bride did not utter a word during the interview, finding it impossible to speak in the wake of such a horrific loss.

It was also revealed that the family has been forced to go into hiding as members of the community are blaming them for the tragic accident.

So far, 14 people have been arrested in the wake of the fire, including the owner of the Al Haytham Wedding Hall venue in Qaraqosh in Iraq's northern Niveneh province.

According to state news agency INA, the poor construction of the building including flammable panels used in the ceiling work may have added to the ferocity of the fire before it collapsed on top of guests at the venue.

"The fire led to the collapse of parts of the hall as a result of the use of highly flammable, low-cost building materials that collapse within minutes when fire breaks out," Iraq's civil defense directorate allegedly said.

Around 100 of the guests in attendance are believed to have lost their lives while a further 150 were injured in the incident.

Imad Yohana, a 34-year-old who managed to escape the fire, told Reuters: "We saw the fire pulsating, coming out of the hall. Those who managed got out and those who didn't got stuck. Even those who made their way out were broken."

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Funerals have been held for the victims killed in the blaze. Credit: Ismael Adnan Yaqoob/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Rania Waad, 17, who also managed to get to safety, added to AFP: "Fireworks started to climb to the ceiling [and] the whole hall went up in flames.

"We couldn't see anything. We were suffocating, we didn't know how to get out."

Haneen and Revan shared their devastation at losing several of their family members, with the groom adding: "It's true we are sitting here in front of you alive, but inside we are dead. We are numb, we are dead inside."

The cause of the fire is yet to be officially confirmed, but video footage appears to show indoor fireworks setting alight decorations on the ceiling, before the fire quickly spread.

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The blaze spread quickly through the venue, gutting the building. Credit: Ahsan Mohammed Ahmed Ahmed/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Revan, who dragged his wife to safety through the kitchen entrance, said he believed it could have been an electrical fault, adding: "It could be a short-circuit, I don't know. But the fire started in the ceiling.

"We felt the heat… When I heard the crackling I looked at the ceiling. Then the ceiling, which was all nylon, started to melt. It only took seconds."

He devastatingly added: "Our relatives, our friends, our loved ones are all gone. Two days ago we buried [Haneen's] uncle and his two daughters. Yesterday we buried her other uncle. Today we buried his daughter and we buried her mother. Her father is in a critical condition. We don't know what his condition is."

Featured image credit: Ahsan Mohammed Ahmed Ahmed/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Groom reveals he and bride have to move away after horror fire at their wedding killed 100 guests

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By Kim Novak

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The newlyweds whose wedding turned to tragedy due to a devastating fire at their venue have revealed that they are going to have to move away from their community in the wake of it.

Revan, 27, and his wife Haneen, 18, were in the middle of their first dance in front of hundreds of guests when tragedy struck as the venue's ceiling caught on fire.

Footage of the horrifying incident saw the groom's face turn to panic as he spotted the blaze, before the couple and their guests ran to get out of the venue. Tragically, 100 did not make it out as the burning ceiling collapsed.

Now, the couple has revealed they will have to leave their town following the tragedy, due in part to some of the community blaming them for the deaths.

Speaking about the tragedy, Revan told Sky News: "That's it, we can't live here anymore. We can't live here anymore, I mean every time we try to have some happiness, something tragic happens to us and destroys the happiness so it's best for us to leave.

"[Haneen]'s lost 10 relatives from her family, her loved ones, her mom, her brother. She can't speak."

The bride did not utter a word during the interview, finding it impossible to speak in the wake of such a horrific loss.

It was also revealed that the family has been forced to go into hiding as members of the community are blaming them for the tragic accident.

So far, 14 people have been arrested in the wake of the fire, including the owner of the Al Haytham Wedding Hall venue in Qaraqosh in Iraq's northern Niveneh province.

According to state news agency INA, the poor construction of the building including flammable panels used in the ceiling work may have added to the ferocity of the fire before it collapsed on top of guests at the venue.

"The fire led to the collapse of parts of the hall as a result of the use of highly flammable, low-cost building materials that collapse within minutes when fire breaks out," Iraq's civil defense directorate allegedly said.

Around 100 of the guests in attendance are believed to have lost their lives while a further 150 were injured in the incident.

Imad Yohana, a 34-year-old who managed to escape the fire, told Reuters: "We saw the fire pulsating, coming out of the hall. Those who managed got out and those who didn't got stuck. Even those who made their way out were broken."

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Funerals have been held for the victims killed in the blaze. Credit: Ismael Adnan Yaqoob/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Rania Waad, 17, who also managed to get to safety, added to AFP: "Fireworks started to climb to the ceiling [and] the whole hall went up in flames.

"We couldn't see anything. We were suffocating, we didn't know how to get out."

Haneen and Revan shared their devastation at losing several of their family members, with the groom adding: "It's true we are sitting here in front of you alive, but inside we are dead. We are numb, we are dead inside."

The cause of the fire is yet to be officially confirmed, but video footage appears to show indoor fireworks setting alight decorations on the ceiling, before the fire quickly spread.

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The blaze spread quickly through the venue, gutting the building. Credit: Ahsan Mohammed Ahmed Ahmed/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Revan, who dragged his wife to safety through the kitchen entrance, said he believed it could have been an electrical fault, adding: "It could be a short-circuit, I don't know. But the fire started in the ceiling.

"We felt the heat… When I heard the crackling I looked at the ceiling. Then the ceiling, which was all nylon, started to melt. It only took seconds."

He devastatingly added: "Our relatives, our friends, our loved ones are all gone. Two days ago we buried [Haneen's] uncle and his two daughters. Yesterday we buried her other uncle. Today we buried his daughter and we buried her mother. Her father is in a critical condition. We don't know what his condition is."

Featured image credit: Ahsan Mohammed Ahmed Ahmed/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images