Trace was in Alaska for a couple of tour dates and a fishing trip. His wife Rhonda was running errands when she got a call about the fire. She saw the smoke and immediately headed home. Trace’s three daughters and a friend were actually IN the house with a nanny when they heard an explosion in the garage.
The nanny checked it out and saw flames so she herded everyone out. But they did NOT go running about in chaos, they actually followed an emergency plan the family had put into place. It was based on a safety seminar the local fire department gave at the kids’ school about what to do in an emergency. As for why the destruction was so overwhelming, a fire department spokesman blamed the attic. Once a fire gets there it spreads super fast . . . plus, it’s one of the hardest areas for the Studly fire crew to access.