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KoL Sets London 'Ablaze'


LONDON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A sold out crowd must have been "fuming" when the Kings of Leon's Tuesday night show at London's O2 was cancelled due to a tour bus fire.

The early morning fire aboard a tour bus parked at London's O2 Arena caused the concert to be postponed, a venue spokesman announced late Tuesday morning.


"Whilst there is no damage to the O2 there is now insufficient time to rig the arena for tonight’s performance," the spokesman said according to CBC News.


"We are sorry for the inconvenience and we will announce a new date shortly."
Dozens of firefighters were called to the O2 at about 8 a.m. local time Tuesday morning to battle a serious fire that allegedly started on one tour bus belonging to the Grammy-winning rockers before engulfing a second bus according to CBC News.


About 60 firefighters and 12 engines were engaged to deal with the fire, according to the London Fire Brigade.


No one was seriously injured, but six people were reportedly treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.


"Our primary concern was that nobody was hurt," the band said in a statement.


The fire, which had broken out in a loading bay area, was snuffed and there is no damage to either the venue's dome or the structure itself, said a fire brigade spokesman.


"The O2's sprinkler system successfully activated and this helped firefighters bring the blaze swiftly under control," he said, adding that officials will remain on the scene for some time to investigate according to CBC News.


Tuesday night's concert was sold out several months ago and was to have been the final show of a U.K. arena tour by the alternative rock band.

Drummer Nathan Followill told Twitter followers, "I'm so bummed about 2nites show. Sorry 4 the fans, 4 our crew who lost all their s***, including passports. I'm thankful everyone's safe."

— Crystal Lynn Huntoon