Kings of Leon scorched the charts with their hit song "Sex on Fire," but on Tuesday morning (December 21) it was their tour bus that caught fire, forcing the rock band to postpone their sold-out O2 arena show in London.
According to BBC News, the fire began on one coach in the venue's loading area before spreading to another bus; eventually, the buses were completely burned out. Sixty firefighters and ambulance crews were on-site, and six people were treated for excessive smoke inhalation. There were no serious injuries reported.
While the fire didn't impact the seating or stage areas of the O2 arena, the entire venue had to be evacuated. A spokesperson for the O2 addressed the incident: "Unfortunately due to this morning's fire on board one of the tour buses at the O2, tonight's Kings of Leon concert will now be postponed," said a statement on the O2 website. "Whilst there is no damage to the O2 there is now insufficient time to rig the arena for tonight's performance."
The spokesperson emphasized that the crew had worked hard to follow protocol and made every attempt to go on with the show, but found there simply wasn't enough time to set up for the evening performance.
A rep for Kings of Leon said that Tuesday's concert in London had sold out "months ago," and a new date would be announced shortly.