Eli Young Band's tour bus destroyed by fire; band not on bus

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Posted: Jan 18, 2017 1:23 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A tour bus belonging to the country group Eli Young Band was damaged in a fire on the Kansas Turnpike, destroying most of the band's electronic and sound equipment.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2iREOga ) the driver was the only person with the bus when the fire started late Tuesday while it was parked at a service area east of downtown Topeka. He had just filled up the bus and parked it for the night, and escaped.

Shawnee Heights Fire District Battalion Chief Rick Deibert says the bus and a trailer were a complete loss.

The fire apparently started in the engine compartment but the cause is under investigation.

The tour bus was en route to Mahnomen, Minnesota, where the band was scheduled to perform Friday night.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com