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Big Miracle at a Chabad Wedding in Baltimore

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BALTIMORE, MD [CHI] — A Big miracle took place just a few hours ago when the atrium, a glass roof of the Hunt Valley Hotel came crashing down into a pile of twisted metal and shards of glass.

This incident happened has hotel guests were getting ready for the wedding of Ben-Tzion Groner (Charlotte, NC) and Rochel Adler (Baltimore, MD) which was set to take place later that day.

Moti Groner, a brother of the Chosson told reporters that the Kallah was actually set to be taking pictures there at the time of the collapse, but was delayed for 20 minutes. He said that “it’s a little miracle for us, so were a little happy for that”. Rabbi Yossi Groner told reporters.

More in the Extended Article.

The Baltimore Sun

Hunt Valley hotel evacuated due to partial roof collapse

A glass roof over an atrium at the Embassy Suites hotel in Hunt Valley collapsed this afternoon, forcing guests to evacuate and a Baltimore County structural engineer to later declare the hotel “unsafe for occupancy,” officials said.

No one was injured during the collapse, which occurred shortly after 2 p.m., according to Lt. Steven Miller of the Baltimore County fire department.

“There is no doubt that if there had been people standing or sitting in the atrium, that we would be dealing with a tragedy of significant proportions right now,” Baltimore County Fire spokeswoman Elise Armacost said. She said the atrium area is “open to the sky right now and it is a huge mass of huge chunks of glass and twisted metal.”

Guests will be allowed to return to retrieve their belongings but will not be permitted to stay at the hotel, according to Donna Welsh, a fire department spokeswoman. The building manager told fire officials that 130 of the hotel’s 223 rooms were occupied.

County building inspectors, BGE crews and county emergency management officials went to the hotel shortly after the collapse. Firefighters swept through the building, making sure that no one was injured or trapped and that all hotel guests were accounted for.

A structural engineer also went to the scene to evaluate the integrity of the atrium, which runs through the center of the hotel in the 200 block of International Circle near the Hunt Valley Towne Centre. One of the two glass roof sections above the atrium fell eight stories.

Although the other section remained in place, it was cracked, according to Welsh, the fire department spokeswoman.

Wednesday evening, guests were being escorted back into the building one room at a time to get their possessions, according to Dawn Ray, the director of brand communications for Embassy Suites hotels.

She said the hotel is helping guests and customers in the next two or three days to find alternate accommodations.

But she said the company didn’t have an estimate on when the hotel would reopen after an initial meeting of company officials this afternoon to decide how to repair the damage and replace the skylights.

The atrium of the hotel featured soaring glass ceilings and a landscaped foot path. The area also includes benches and tables, where breakfast is served daily, according to the hotel’s Web site.

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#1 Comment By someone who knows On October 10, 2007 @ 9:29 pm

the chassunah was in another hall, this is where the guests were staying and the pictures were going to be. the wedding is normal.

#2 Comment By B H On October 11, 2007 @ 12:23 am

Just came home from the wedding and B"H it was beautiful

#3 Comment By reader On October 11, 2007 @ 12:37 am

They couldn’t wait till the wedding to break the glass. Mazal tov!

#4 Comment By wow On October 10, 2007 @ 10:04 pm

B’H everyone was safe, a real miracle. But what about the wedding? Where did they go to have it?

#5 Comment By boruch ben tzvi hakohaine hoffinger On October 11, 2007 @ 11:02 am


Thank G-d everyone is alright!
Im yiratz Hashem this is the only test/etc. these people will ever have to face!

#6 Comment By Joey B. On October 11, 2007 @ 8:49 am

Thank g-d they are Lubavitch, which means Lubavitch time

#7 Comment By concerned On October 10, 2007 @ 11:50 pm

Thanks for the update.

#8 Comment By Kpin On October 11, 2007 @ 11:59 am

yaya! what a miriacle!!!!

#9 Comment By Someone who knows 2 On October 11, 2007 @ 1:32 am

thank god that noone was hurt because my parents went to that wedding and were on the news

#10 Comment By An open miracle On October 11, 2007 @ 6:24 pm

Wow the fact that no one was hurt is a tremendous miracle. Not a "little" one at all. You really see the hashgacha in this. We always have to remember "all delays are for the best" even on your wedding day!!

#11 Comment By at the wedding On October 14, 2007 @ 7:15 pm

its really cool
there are tons of pics od the glass
in the exact place where the kallah was to take her wedding pics