The owners of The Swanderosa wedding venue are forced to rebuild after a fire tore through the estate early Wednesday morning.   

The blaze is the latest blow to the owner, Thomas Swan, who lost his wife, Judith, to cancer in March.

The family escaped the massive fire and say the venue is much more than a home.

“We called it the Swanderosa because it was a gathering place not just for our family but families all over the city to celebrate the happiest days of their life,” said Ashley Swan, daughter.

Ashley Swan said her father will have nothing tangible to remember their mother by. “At least he had this place to remember her by, and now it’s gone.”

Longtime neighbor Paul Sheel hopes the family will rebuild their estate. He said it’s a terrible tragedy and that the family is a staple in the community.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the fire marshal's office.

The family posted on the Swanderosa page they will be in contact with all future weddings that have been scheduled shortly.  

Anyone with questions is asked to contact Aimee at 210-385-5482 or