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Justin Moore bus catches fire, no one hurt

Thursday, February 17, 2011 – Detroit and Justin Moore don't seem to mix very well. The last time he headlined a show at the Royal Oaks Theatre (March 2010), his Gibson J-45 guitar was stolen by a fan. On Wednesday, as Moore traveled to Royal Oaks, Mich., his tour bus caught fire, although no one was hurt.

Around 4 a.m., the engine became engulfed in flames while Moore, his band and crew, as well as a Valory Records staffer slept. Moore and his team were en route to perform at WYCD's Ten Man Jam last night at the Royal Oaks Theatre.

The fire started from one of the batteries connecting to the bus' generator. The smoke alarm sounded as the bus started to fill with smoke. Everyone evacuated the bus while Moore's bus driver extinguished the fire, which lasted approximately 10 minutes.

"Well...we really love coming to the Detroit area. I just hope in the future it gets a little more simple, as far as our trips go," said Moore. "In all seriousness, we're thankful that we're all safe, and feel blessed. It could've been a lot worse than it was."

After a half hour of standing outside in the freezing cold everyone was allowed to re-enter the bus. Fortunately, there was no damage to the engine, and they were able to continue driving the bus to their hotel. No one was harmed, and the bus only sustained minor smoke damage.

A replacement tour bus was sent to the Detroit area so that Moore can continue on his club tour this week:
Feb. 17 - The Machine Shop -- Flint, MI
Feb. 18 -- Screamin' Willies -- Columbus, OH
Feb. 19 -- Madison Theater - Covington, KY

Moore's new single, If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away, is in the top 40, 6 days before it officially goes for adds. The song is the lead single from Moore's sophomore album due on Valory later this year.

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