BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Firefighters in Boulder County saved the day and the wedding bands for a couple whose charter bus trolley went up in flames over the weekend. The bride and groom’s best man accidentally left the rings on a burning bus.READ MORE: Southwest Airlines Reports New System Outage Issue, More Denver Flights Affected
Fire broke out on the trolley-style bus Saturday as a wedding party was on their way to take photos on Flagstaff Mountain before the ceremony.
Firefighters raced from the Boulder Fire Department to the scene where some could see smoke from at least 10 miles away.
Wedding photographer Sarah Martin of Sarah Christine Photography snapped pictures as smoke poured from the trolley engine. Plumes billowed high, and the coughing groomsmen and dashing bridesmaids made a run for the forest.
The flowers made it out of the bus, but the rings did not.
Before long, the bus was ablaze.
The party piled into a pickup and made it to safety but they feared the rings had a different fate.
“These guys searched for quite a while, and were unable to find anything,” said Lt. Jeff Martinez, a firefighter with the City of Boulder Fire Department.READ MORE: Will The Ford Maverick Be A Game-Changer In The Auto Industry?
“We were like, do we walk away? Do we let the trolley get pulled away (with) those rings still in there?” said Chris Rivera, another firefighter.
“We went back and I said, let’s take one more look and see if we can find those things,” Martinez told CBS4’s Melissa Garcia.
“We thought we were looking for maybe some diamonds,” Rivera explained. “But we found the whole (rings).”
The crew who helped douse the flaming bus, found both bands buried in four feet of debris inside the obliterated vehicle.
“(It was) very surprising to us that (the rings) survived the fire honestly,” Martinez said. “They were covered in black tar. … We polished them up and got them somewhat back to normal.”
Later on, firefighters showed up at the newlyweds’ reception in Lyons with the best wedding gift the couple could have asked for.
“They were very grateful,” Martinez said.
No one suffered any injuries.MORE NEWS: Gov. Jared Polis: Weekly $300 Pandemic Unemployment Payments Will Continue In Colorado