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Nicole Richie’s birthday celebration was a fiery occasion — literally.

Lionel Richie’s daughter turns 40 on Tuesday and a clip shared on Instagram of her celebration showed the star’s hair catching fire while she blew out her birthday candles.


In short video, Richie leans on a cake that has a childhood photo of her on it, when the ends of her hair go up in flames. Richie and other attendees can be heard screaming in the video as the flames reach closer to his head. The flames quickly went off, with Richie shaking his head and a few pats from him and a friend.

Luckily, Richie seemed fine and made fun of the situation by captioning the video: “Well… so far 40 [fire emoji]”

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Richie’s post received reactions from her famous friends who couldn’t believe the spectacle and also sent positive birthday wishes.

“HBD!!! I hope you are fine!” “Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo commented with a heart emoji.

“Omg,” wrote Zooey Deschanel.

Katy Perry said, “No way wait OMG,” Katy Perry said.

Even Richie’s little sister Sophia couldn’t get enough of the post and joked, “OH MY F—ING GOD!!!!!!!!!!!! IT’S HOT.”

“Jesus Christ lolul,” Vanessa Hudgens responded.

Her husband Joel Madden also paid a lovely tribute to the creative director of House of Harlow 1960. In a post he shared on his account, he told Richie that it “made love feel timeless, I’ve forgotten how old we are.”