Not even 16 Brentwood Fire Department firefighters, backed up by roughly 10 additional men and women called in, were able to save country superstar Trace Adkins' home Saturday afternoon.more>>
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -- Obviously, not even Trace Adkins' wife could convince her country music superstar husband to remain on the road this weekend as virtually all the family's personal possessions were reduced to a pile of ash.
A massive fire, around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, that pretty much destroyed Trace Adkins' home of the last 10 years originated on a workbench inside the family's attached, three-car garage, according to investigators from the Brentwood Fire Department.
An overheated power strip supplying electricity to a small "can-style" light is about the only source Trace Adkins' wife, Rhonda, can pinpoint. But that is purely speculation so far.
"That's the only thing I can think of," Mrs. Adkins told reporters Sunday afternoon outside what remains of the family's two-and-a-half story home on Millsford Court.
Trace Adkins was en route, via airplane, to Anchorage, Alaska at the time the chaotic event was unfolding back home. Despite Rhonda Adkins' being adamant about her husband remaining in Alaska, band members included, to finish out a some business/some pleasure getaway, Trace Adkins boarded a flight immediately and returned to his family.
The entertainer himself had come and gone Sunday by the time reporters arrived for a follow-up. Sad as it is, the family will have to ultimately leave the home for good. Some of the couple's more treasured possessions inside the house were spared, according to Rhonda Adkins.
Her favored "jewelry room" remained pretty much intact, Mrs. Adkins told reporters, while Trace's much loved room containing Civil War era weaponry also was virtually untouched.
Trace lost his beloved Harley Davidson motorcycle, a casualty of the weekend blaze; and a flatbed semi/tow truck carried away the family's black, Cadillac Escalade Sunday: completely torched on one side; virtually untouched on the other.
Private and personal as this matter is to Trace Adkins and his family, Mrs. Adkins is taking advantage of exposure during this catastrophic event to remind families everywhere the importance of having, and rehearsing, a fire escape safety plan: a concept that Rhonda Adkins will tell you literally saved the lives of her two youngest daughters, the children's nanny, and a neighbor girl visiting at the time of the fire.