It was a scary night last night for Jerrod Niemann, whose bus caught on fire after a benefit show in Tennessee. No one was hurt in the fire, but his father, uncle and and friends were all in town for the Heart Strings For Hope benefit for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
“We’re in there and Jon [Stone] comes over and says ‘Your bus is on fire.” Jerrod told WRCB-TV/CHATTANOOGA. “And I’m like ‘Dude, your gun’s shot. Our bus is not on fire.’ I thought it was the heater. So I went to the thermostat and it says ‘Auto Cool.’ So Lee [Brice] gets off the bus and is like “Dude, that’s black smoke. Your bus is on fire.”
“So we get everyone off – my family and everyone and 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. Everyone was clear of the bus when the explosion happened and all instruments had been retrieved. This is where I have to say, to anyone that does not believe in GOD: 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. My own father – I don’t care if I die, but my own father and uncle, this one night on the bus, just, no. So we’re so, so thankful.”
Chattanooga firefighters are still trying to determine the cause of the fire. Jerrod continues on Miranda Lambert‘s “ON FIRE” tour next week. Looks like he took the tour name a little too literally.