Rihanna evacuated from hotel after fire in early hours

Rihanna performs at the Radio 1 Hackney Weekend at Victoria Park, Hackney, London. Credit: Press Association

The singer Rihanna had a rude awakening this morning when she was one of 300 guests evacuated from a London hotel after a lift shaft caught fire.

The Barbadian star told fans on Twitter: "Roamin da streets since 6am! Fyah in da telly #evacuation".

She also tweeted pictures of a fire engine outside the hotel in Whitehall Place and her sitting in a black taxi to her 23.5 million followers.

Around 10 firefighters dealt with the incident after being called at 6.22am.

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said the fire caused a small amount of damage to a lift on the 7th floor of the hotel.

No one was injured in the blaze.