Picture via Jerrod's Twitter
Wow, well now this is quite the how dee doo.
On Tuesday evening, Jerrod Niemann and his posse performed for the Heart Strings for Hope, a benefit for St. Jude Children's Hospital, in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. After the show, the group was about to leave town when Jerrod's bus burst into flames.
From a rather funny account from WRCBTV:
"We're in there and Jon [Stone] comes over and says 'Your bus is on fire." Niemann recounts. "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"
Niemann and his group then exited the bus to see the whole back side go ablaze. Soon after, an explosion occurred.
"So we get everyone off - my family and everyone," Niemann said, "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.
Luckily everyone was clear of the bus when the explosion happened and all instruments had been retrieved. Niemann attributes his safety to, not luck, but God.
"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."
The funny thing, if you can call it that, is that Lee Brice, who Jerrod mentions as being the first to notice the fire, had his own bus catch fire six weeks ago in Arizona.
So far there's no word on what may have caused Jerrod's bus fire, but everyone got out safe and sound with one helluva story to tell, and that's what counts in the end.