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Off-duty firefighter puts out blaze with beer

Texas firefighter Captain Craig Moreau and his wife were driving home from Austin, recently, when Moreau noticed an 18-wheeler with smoking brakes. The truck driver had reportedly just gotten his brakes fixed, but they had started smoking and, eventually, one of the tires caught fire.

Off-duty firefighter puts out blaze with beer

Texas firefighter Captain Craig Moreau and his wife were driving home from Austin, recently, when Moreau noticed an 18-wheeler with smoking brakes. The truck driver had reportedly just gotten his brakes fixed, but they had started smoking and, eventually, one of the tires caught fire.

Moreau stopped to help, trying to extinguish the flames with a small fire extinguisher, but wasn't able to completely quell the blaze. So, opted for the next best available means of fighting the fire: beer.

"I crawled underneath and thought we'd got it out but it flared back up," said Moreau, who was off duty at the time. "So I said to the driver, 'what have you got in here?'"

"It's beer!  It's all beer," the driver said of his cargo of Coor Banquet beer.

Moreau said the pair started spraying and shaking cans of  beer as fast as they could. Meanwhile, the tire continued to burn and eventually exploded. 

Fortunately, the beer worked and the blaze was eventually extinguished.

"I have no doubt if the beer hadn't been there, the whole trailer would have burned up," Moreau said. "A few more minutes down the road and it may not have worked."

And, for those of you wondering, Moreau used Coors Banquet to put out the flames. [Houston Chronicle]

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