Soul sensation Joss Stone was forced to temporarily abandon her Manchester, England, show when a fire broke out in the venue's toilets.

The YOU HAD ME hitmaker had to delay the start of her Monday (12DEC05) gig until 9.30pm while two fire engines and a crew dealt with the blaze.

Fans were evacuated from the building until the venue was declared safe.

A cool Stone returned to the stage to wow audiences after a brief apology for the disturbance: "Ah, sorry about that... So are you ready?!"