Britney Spears narrowly escaped going up in smoke at a Hollywood spa after she flung her hair over a naked flame.

The OOPS!... I DID IT AGAIN star dangled her hair extensions over a lighted candle and much to her horror they immediately caught on fire, according to British tabloid THE PEOPLE.

As her blonde locks began to sizzle, the 22-year-old singer completely panicked.

She screamed and frantically danced around the salon - trying desperately to extinguish the rising flames.

Luckily her masseuse doused her with a bucket of water before she was seriously burned.

08/03/2004 09:57