Kings of Leon show cancelled after fire

A sell-out Kings of Leon concert at The O2 arena has been postponed after two tour buses were destroyed in a fire at the venue.

The arena in Greenwich, south-east London, was not affected by the blaze but the time it took to assess the damage meant there was no choice but to call off last night's show by the band, whose hit single "Sex On Fire" was No 1 for three weeks in 2008.

Six people needed treatment for smoke inhalation after the fire broke out in a loading area early yesterday morning, leaving the buses gutted. About 60 firefighters tackled the blaze.

A spokesman for the band said: "Kings of Leon send their sincerest apologies to all the fans who were planning and travelling to attend what was due to be a triumphant finale to their European tour."