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Gauge Height: 4.62'
Flow: 3710 cfps

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Man fights fire with beer

Fire Captain Craig Moreau was driving home on State Highway 71 Monday night when he passed an 18-wheeler on fire. In an act of haste and resourcefulness, Moreau used what was immediately available to him to quell the flames: beer.

Also a handy firefighting tool...in a pinch.

Also a handy firefighting tool…in a pinch.

At first, though, Moreau attempted to douse the fire with a small extinguisher, but when he checked under the bed, flames were still present. When the off-duty firefighter asked the trucker what he was carrying, the driver pointed to his rig and shouted, “It’s beer! It’s all beer!”NBC News reports.

Suddenly, one of the tires exploded.

Moreau and the driver immediately grabbed cans of Coor’s Banquet from the truck’s haul, shook them up and sprayed the booze over the burning tires. Though the beer-busting duo was not able to save the wheels, the beer halted the fire and saved the rest of the vehicle.

“It’s in our nature to help folks, but this is the first time I’ve done it with beer,” Moreau said.


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