Everyone is safe following a Tuesday night fire that destroyed Jerrod Niemann's bus in Chattanooga, TN. He was actually on the bus with his father, uncle, and pal Lee Bricewhen the fire broke out. Jerrod and his crew were evacuated before an explosion engulfed the entire bus and blew out the front window.
"Pretty soon we hear this 'boom!' and we think it's the fuel line, but we look and the whole front windshield was just blown out," Jerrod describes.
Jerrod thanks God the bus wasn't moving when the fire erupted. He tells Chattanooga TV station WRCB, "If we were on the road driving we would've never smelt it. The smell would've been going down the road. It would've lit up. I would've been in the back room." He adds, "We're so, so thankful."
The fire hit close to home for Lee Brice, too. His bus went up in flames just six weeks ago before a gig in Arizona.
In January, after a nine-hour drive to Mesa, Ariz., Lee's bus had a similar fate. The singer-songwriter had been asleep in his bunk when it started. "They were like, 'Bus is on fire! We're not kidding,'" he recalls. "So we had to run off and within a couple of minutes it was in flames. The whole back of the lounge was apparently burned through."
Almost a year ago, Randy Houser -- who was supposed to be with Jerrod in Chattanooga last night but stayed in Nashville to be there for the birth of his first child -- was in route to Isle of the Palms, S.C., when he lost all of his clothes and equipment to a bus fire.
While the cause of Jerrod's tour bus fire is still unknown, his instruments and guests are thankfully all OK. "To be honest, thank the good Lord that @LeeBrice was here tonite or I'd be Freddy Krueger," Jerrod tweeted early this morning.
Lee and Jerrod had performed at a benefit concert for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Tuesday prior to the bus fire.
Obviously I don't have to say that Jerrod, Lee and Randy don't have any luck but bad when it comes to tour buses. I wouldn't want to travel with them at all, yikes!