Reel Big Fish Members Escape Fire

By | October 14, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Members of the ska band Reel Big Fish escaped unharmed when their tour bus caught fire at a truck stop.

The six band members and three crewmen were sleeping on the bus Saturday morning when the blaze started.

The band was on its way to a show at The Blue Note in Columbia, part of a five-week tour to promote its album “Cheer Up,” released in July.

Bus driver Ron Mullholland noticed smoke pouring from the bus after he bought a cup of coffee at a truck stop, and alerted the band.

Trumpet player Tyler Jones said Mullholland saved his life.

“He was nice enough to come in and say, ‘Get off the bus, or you will all die,'” Jones said.

The cause of the blaze, which took about 30 minutes to extinguish, was unknown.

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