Snoop Dogg’s hotel room smoke sets off fire alarm

Firefighters posed for photos with the rapper, which he posted to Instagram

Smoke from a hotel room Snoop Dogg was staying at in Melbourne, Australia, set off the hotel’s fire alarm yesterday (January 24).

Firefighters were called to Snoop’s hotel at 10am for the false alarm – there was no fire in Snoop’s room, but the brigade could not comment on what kind of smoke set off the alarm, reports The Guardian.

Firefighters Trevor Bowen, Owen Sullivan and James Kemp were called to the scene. Senior station officer Bowen said that Snoop asked the firemen for some pictures, which he then posted to his Instagram account, which has 2,586,005 followers, one with the caption “Smoke break !!!”. “It was pretty funny. We had a brush with Mr Snoop himself,” said Bowen. “He asked us for a photo because he said he always wanted to be a firefighter.”

Snoop Dogg was granted an Australian work visa for the festival, though a petition with 2,500 signatories had asked that the rapper be refused admission to the country because of his offensive lyrics.

The rapper is performing at the Big Day Out against the wishes of the Collective Shout group, who asked for his visa to be revoked, as they claim his lyrics glorify violence against women. Immigration minister Scott Morrison received a letter from Collective Shout which read: “Snoop Dogg’s lyrics glorify violence against women which puts all women in danger. His behaviour also contradicts our national plan to reduce violence against women… If you really care about women and girls, you will revoke his visa and deny him entry.”

Last year Snoop Dogg released a collaborative album with Dam-Funk under the name 7 Days Of Funk. The hip-hop star had previously reinvented himself as a reggae artist called Snoop Lion after converting to Rastafarianism, releasing the album ‘Reincarnated’.