Country Star Trace Adkins' Home Destroyed by Fire
By The Boot Editors Posted Jun 5th 2011 08:26AM
As the singer's wife, Rhonda, returned home from errands, she saw black smoke in the sky and rushed to the house, where her kids were with a babysitter. The singer and 'Celebrity Apprentice' alum was flying to Alaska for a concert and was thought to be on a plane while the massive fire was being extinguished.
The entire Brentwood Fire Department, including off-duty firefighters, battled the flames engulfing the Adkins' home, reportedly arriving five minutes after the emergency was called in around 3:30 p.m. Photos of the damage were published by The Tennessean.
The home was the family's primary residence for 11 years.
The couple's three daughters, the babysitter and another neighborhood child were watching a movie when they heard a huge crash. They thought it might have been something that had fallen in the cabinets in the kitchen. When the babysitter didn't see anything in the kitchen, she inspected the garage, where the dryer had been turned over, and fire and smoke permeated the air.
The babysitter quickly got the children and the dogs out of the house, and called 9-1-1. The girls had enacted a safety plan they had practiced in case of fire: as a marker, they had placed a big piece of yellow tape on a tree outside as a safe place to go if their house ever caught fire.
Upon losing most of the home's contents in the blaze (valuables in the basement, including music industry awards, were allegedly rescued), Rhonda told Nashville's WSMV-TV, the local NBC affiliate, "It's just stuff." She said she'll miss some "artifacts that had great memories, but they're just going to have to be in my mind now." She added that nothing compared to the safety of her family.
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