FORMER Environment Minister Dick Roche had a lucky escape when his luxury car burst into flames on St Stephen's Day.
The former Fianna Fail minister and senator was visiting family in Co Wexford with his wife Eleanor and was driving towards Dublin when he noticed something was amiss with his 2010-registered E200 Mercedes.
The driver of a car behind him had flashed his lights to warn him. Mr Roche pulled into the car park of the Ferrycarrig Hotel in Wexford.
"He didn't realise something was wrong until he got out to investigate and the car erupted in flames very quickly," said a source.
"The fire really took hold then. By the time the fire brigade got there, the car was destroyed, burnt to a crisp.
"It looks like it was a mechanical fault," revealed the source."
Mr Roche and his wife were shaken but otherwise unscathed. He could not be reached for comment last night.