Nicole Richie accidentally sets her hair on fire during birthday celebrations

The reality star and designer was celebrating her 40th birthday when the dramatic incident happened.

Nicole Richie’s 40th birthday celebrations got a little too heated when she accidentally set her hair on fire during the festivities.

The reality star and designer shared a dramatic video to Instagram of the moment her curly hair caught fire as she leaned over to blow out the candles on her birthday cake, which was decorated with a photo of her as a child.

Richie had been marking the milestone day with an outdoor party surrounding by friends and family, who quickly helped her put out the flames.

She joked on Instagram: “Well… so far 40 is (fire emoji).

Her husband Joel Madden also saw the funny side as he commented: “That’s hot”, the catchphrase of Richie’s close friend Paris Hilton.

She married the Good Charlotte lead singer at her father Lionel Richie’s home on December 11 2010.

They share a daughter, Harlow, born in January 2008 and a son, Sparrow, born September 2009.

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Joel Madden and Nicole Richie have been married since 2010 (Tony DiMaio/PA)

Hilton also commented: “OMFG Happy Birthday Bill! Hope your ok! Love youuuuu”.

Madden’s twin brother and lead guitarist of Good Charlotte, Benji Madden, added: “Happy Birthday Sis love you and thankful for you always, stay lit” with a heart, celebration and fire emoji.

Singer and Destiny’s Child star, Kelly Rowland, also wrote: “My heart just dropped!!!!”

While her hairstylist, Gregory Russell, was clearly alarmed and commented: “STOP!!! AGAIN?!?!”, to which Richie replied: “I’ll start a Pinterest board for new haircuts. Start thinking of cute curly bobs.”

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