Firefighter puts out fire with truckload of beer


A beer drinker will tell you that a good brew will help out in almost any occasion. And a firefighter in Houston proved Monday it’s also useful for putting out fires.

Off-duty Capt. Craig Moreau and his wife pulled off Texas state Highway 71 when they spotted an 18-wheeler with smoke coming from the brakes. He grabbed an extinguisher off the smoking truck and sprayed it on the fire that had started to burn one of the tires.

The fire was momentarily extinguished, but then it started up again. Moreau asked the truck driver what he had in the truck and discovered it was a whole lot of Coors beer.


Quick thinking led the firefighter and the truck driver to grab cans of beer, shake them, and spray the beer all over the burning tire. Beer happens to be made mostly of water, so it makes an effective firefighting substance.

The burning tire exploded, but the fire eventually went out.

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

The moral of the story? Always travel with a six-pack in the trunk. If there’s a fire, you need to be prepared.

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