Trace Adkins' Nashville-area home was destroyed during a Saturday afternoon (June 4) fire, but no one was injured. The singer and his band were en route to Alaska for a fishing trip and two tour dates when the blaze was reported at 3:35 p.m. The Brentwood Fire Department was still monitoring the fire Saturday night and will continue the investigation into the exact cause.
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A nanny was caring for the Adkins' three daughters when they heard a loud explosion. They quickly evacuated the house and followed an emergency plan Adkins and his wife, Rhonda, already had in place. His wife was running errands near their home when she received a call about the fire, saw the smoke and immediately returned to the property. One of their neighbors noticed the fire and rushed to save the family's dog.
Brentwood assistant fire chief Brian Goss said the fire apparently started in the garage.
"It's difficult when it gets into the attic because it spreads quickly and it's hard to access," Goss told WSMV-TV/Nashville. "That's what we had in this case. Our primary focus, once we arrived here, was to salvage what we could out of the home."
Rhonda Adkins told WSMV that the family lost a lot of items of sentimental value, including the negatives of their wedding photos, but added, "It's just stuff."
She credited the Brentwood Fire Department for fire safety seminars presented at her children's school in educating them about what to do during an emergency. She said she had tied a yellow ribbon to a tree in their yard to designate a meeting place for the family.
"We did what those firefighters told us," she said. "We practiced it today, and it saved my kids' lives."
Adkins was traveling to Alaska to perform Wednesday (June 8) in Fairbanks and Thursday in Anchorage before returning to Nashville for a June 11 performance at LP Field during the CMA Music Festival's nightly concert series.
View photos of the Adkins family home.