Fighting Ethanol Fires

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This may be old news to you, but it caught my attention: many Fire Departments are unprepared for ethanol fires.

Ethanol burns at a slightly higher temperature and reacts differently to fire-fighting foam. So, industrial accidents with ethanol (such as train derailments) and some car accidents (not all, but those involving flex-fuel vehicles) require special fire fighting tools. Check with your local fire department. Do they have special foam in stock for dealing with Ethanol fires?

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