Sen. Pat Toomey (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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)

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.