Whilst travelling from Kansas City to Nashville as part of this year’s Vans Warped Tour, melodic hardcore acts Being As An Ocean and Hundredth were involved in an incident involving their shared tour bus which caught aflame. The incident happened in the 600 block of Chouteau Avenue in the south of St. Louis at around 4:00AM this morning (June 27th 2017).
All of the passengers on the bus, which involved all of the members of both bands along with crew members and the bus driver, have reportedly escaped without any injuries or harm. Reportedly all electrical outlets on the bus stopped working before the fire began, from which point the passengers took off what equipment they safely could without endangering their safety and evacuated the bus immediately.
Woke up this morning to our bus on fire. We all got out and are okay. pic.twitter.com/OX8FG44L1Y
— HUNDREDTH (@HUNDREDTH) June 27, 2017
Some of the equipment damaged and lost from the flames included laptops, passports, money, and jewellery. Their instruments, which were all stored in a trailer that was hauled by the bus, were untouched.
“Around 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning, we smelled smoke and woke up to our guitarist Tyler telling all of us to get out and there was a fire,” said Yves Mathieu-East, a crew member for Being As An Ocean. “We all rushed out. No shirt, no shoes. Everything went up in flames.”
— Anthony Ghazel (@AnthonyGhazel) June 27, 2017
As a result of the incident, the bands’ management company arranged for them to stay in a hotel in St. Louis for the evening. Their scheduled performances on the Vans Warped Tour at the Tennessee State Fair that day were both respectively cancelled.
More news surrounding their forthcoming touring plans, and any form of support funding, will be announced and confirmed as things develop.