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Fire Destroys Country Star Trace Adkins' Home

Country music star Trace Adkins lost his Tennessee home to a fire over the weekend.

The singer was headed to Alaska to perform when he received news that his house caught fire. Fortunately, his three young daughters and their nanny were all saved by following fire safety tips they learned at school.

"Stuff is stuff," wife Rhonda Adkins, who was a few blocks away when the fire started, tells WSMV in Nashville. "My neigbor called and said that the house was on fire and we looked up in the air and we saw the black smoke. And I said, 'Oh, my God, this isn't happening, this isn't real.'"

"They ran to their safe place like we practiced, in the front yard at a big tree. And it worked. You know, fire safety is so important, and today we used it."

Rhonda says she had placed a yellow ribbon where the family should gather if the house caught fire, after firefighters visited her children's elementary school earlier this year and imparted some advice.

"I tied the yellow ribbon around the tree to go to," she explains. "It stayed there for about a month. Trace kept going, 'When you gonna take that ribbon down?' and I'm like, 'You know, I might need it one day.'"

"But we did what those firefighters told us and we practiced it today. It saved my kids' lives."

But with her family safe, she does have one small regret.

"I have not backed up all my photographs, and I'm just sitting here sick because those are the things that matter the most. It's your memories, our wedding pictures, I don't have, because the negatives are in the house."

June 6, 2011 |

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