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The fire brigade attend the scene as around 1,500 people were forced to leave the Hilton on Park Lane, London, due to a fire in a kitchen July 1, 2011. (AP Photo/PA, Max Nash) The fire brigade attend the scene as around 1,500 people were forced to leave the Hilton on Park Lane, London, due to a fire in a kitchen July 1, 2011. (AP Photo/PA, Max Nash)

LONDON (AP) — A fire at London's Park Lane Hilton hotel forced the evacuation of about 1,500 people including the front man of rock group Black Eyed Peas.

Around 20 firefighters were sent to the luxury hotel early Friday evening after the fire department received reports of smoke in a second-floor kitchen vent and in the basement.

The Daily Mail newspaper published pictures of Black Eyed Peas singer Will-i-am walking out of the hotel, covering his mouth with the top of his T-shirt. The singer was in town to perform at an open-air festival in Hyde Park, across the street from the hotel.

The Wireless Festival's publicist Kate Etteridge said he appeared fine as he joined the rest of the band onstage at the event later in the evening.

Metropolitan Police said nobody had been injured in the blaze.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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