Jerrod Niemann's Bus Catches On Fire In Chattanooga
March 7, 2012 at 6:28 AM (PT)
ARISTA NASHVILLE artist JERROD NIEMANN’s bus caught on fire late last night after the HEART STRINGS FOR HOPE benefit for ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL in CHATTANOOGA, TN. NIEMANN, his friends, father and uncle were all unharmed in the fire.
"We're in there and JON [STONE] comes over and says 'Your bus is on fire." NIEMANN 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] get's 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," NIEMANN added, "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,” NIEMANN said.
CHATTANOOGA firefighters are trying to determine what caused the fire on the bus.
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