Published Aug 05, 2010Long-running industrial metal heroes Fear Factory are lucky to be alive, as their tour bus went up in flames and was burnt to a crisp early this morning (August 5) in England.
According to a press release, the driver noticed smoke coming from the back right wheel of the double-decker bus that quickly turned into flames. Everyone on the bus was asleep at the time except for two crew members, who immediately woke the band and told them to evacuate. Everyone on the bus made it out safely, and no injuries have been reported.
Guitarist Dino Cazares released the following statement: "Everyone grabbed their bags and ran off the bus. We stood on the side of the freeway going, 'thank god we all made it out,' until someone noticed our merchandise guy was still asleep on the bus. A good friend of ours ran back on the smoked-filled bus and got him out just minutes before the bus was completely in flames."
The band were on their way to London after playing a show in Sheffield last night in support of their latest album, Mechanize. The BBC has reported that the fire closed down two lanes of the southbound M1 in Northamptonshire.
"Our eyes are burning and we were all coughing from the smoke," Cazares said. "Some of us lost wallets, money, computers, but that's not important compared to our lives. It only took about 20 to 30 minutes for the bus to be completely covered in flames. The fire trucks and the police finally arrived but it was too late to save anything on the bus. A coach bus picked us up and brought us safely to a nearby hotel,"
A photo of the fire is above and you can see a video of the incident below.