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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Sen. Pat Toomey puts out fire in party guest’s hair

Sen. Pat Toomey (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Now that’s some constituent service: Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) saved a life — well, a scalp, anyway — when he extinguished a man whose hair caught on fire at a Capitol Hill fundraiser.

The scene: Wednesday night at Sonoma restaurant where the freshman’s birthday (he turned 50 Thursday) was the excuse for celebration. About 50 people crowded the room, including Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)

Michael Brody, the man with the flaming hair. (Courtesy of Michael Brody)
Michael Brody, a young political consultant and Pittsburgh native, was there too. When Toomey rose to address the room, guests stepped back to give him space — including Brody, who found himself standing just behind the senator, his back to the wall.

As Toomey was delivering his insights from the debt supercommittee, the senator’s wife, Kris, leapt forward and shouted: Brody’s hair was on fire!

Wait — how? Brody, who stands about 6-foot-4, had backed up against a row of decorative tea lights, and “it’s a full head of hair,” he acknowledged. “It was smoking and [on] fire before I even felt it.”

The victim said the senator sprang into action, patting out the flames on the back of his head, though Toomey’s office says it was mostly Kris Toomey who did the fire-smothering, with her hands. Neither of the Toomeys was injured — and Brody, also okay, says his hair looks fine, too.

By  |  04:00 PM ET, 11/17/2011

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