British pop star Max George narrowly escaped serious injury when his jacket caught fire during a pyrotechnic display at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

The Wanted singer has revealed he was nearly engulfed by flames while he was performing with his bandmates at the prizegiving in November (12), but he managed to put out the blaze before it spread.

He tells American Tv host Jonathan Brooks, "We (walked) through this big (stage set) full of flames and Nathan was singing his verse and just before I started singing, I saw all the techie (sic) guys (waving their arms at me). I was like, 'What?' and then I was like, 'I can smell burned velvet.' I looked down and my arm was on fire. I put it out. (Luckily there was) no damage done."