PEOPLE enjoying the sun escaped a nasty accident in South Molton this afternoon.

Firefighters were called out to reports of a gas cylinder alight outside a property in Howards Close shortly before 3pm.

On arrival, crews confirmed a barbeque cylinder was well alight and extinguished it using breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet.

They continued to cool the cylinder after it was extinguished in order to make sure it was safe.