Questions tagged [fire]

combustion or burning, in which substances combine chemically with oxygen from the air and typically give out bright light, heat, and smoke.

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Do wooden building fires get hotter than 600°C?

After the recent Notre-Dame de Paris fire, there has been a heavily re-posted tweet going around in response to an earlier claim that a golden cross did not melt or deform - due to an act of God. ...
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Are environmentalists largely responsible for Californian forest fires?

An article on Reason, and the associated video, claim that the severity of the recent forest fires are largely due to environmental regulations that prevent good forest management, along with an ...
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Do wombats share their burrows during fires?

In the wake of the devastating bushfires currently burning in Australia, an image has been widely shared on social media: Here is one example from Twitter, retweeted 11K times: While I have an ...
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Does this picture show an Arizona fire department extinguishing a fire in Mexico?

This was posted by the Swiss news portal watson.ch:
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Are the 3 World Trade Center towers the only steel-framed high-rises to collapse due to fire?

Since the events of 9-11 it has been claimed several times that no other skyscraper in history has ever collapsed from fire damage. It's usually used as a part of the argument that fire alone cannot ...
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Does staring at a flame slow brain activity?

I was looking for an answer to this question on the tubes and I was amazed to discover an impressive set of completely crap answers to this question. Photo by kayaker1204. Creative Common License. ...
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Was the "Worst Twerk Fail EVER - Girl Catches Fire!" video staged?

Caitlin Heller posted a video on Youtube titled "Worst Twerk Fail EVER - Girl Catches Fire!". There have been many articles about it, e.g. Telegraph; NY Daily News; AJC. Was it staged? I watched it ...
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Fighting fire with electricity. Plausible?

The article "Fighting fire with volts: How water hoses could be replaced with electric wands" gives exciting news about possible new way of extinguishing fire, researched by Ludovico ...
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Do smoke alarms save lives?

Almost all fire safety organizations and codes require the use of smoke alarms in new business and residential construction. The idea is that they save lives, as mentioned in this article from FEMA. ...
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In 2017, was the Plasco Building destroyed in a controlled demolition?

On January 19, 2017, the 17-storey steel-framed Plasco in Tehran collapsed after a large fire broke out, seemingly putting to rest the question of whether a steel-framed building could collapse ...
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Can overheating laptops cause fire?

I have come across a Facebook post from an unverified and unreliable source, which claims that a fire was started using heat as a source alone. Here is the exact post which is the subject of the ...
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Are these photos of burned home surrounded by pristine trees in California due to the forest fires real?

These photos are circulating on social media. Are they real? How can a forest fire burn homes in the center of a forest without burning the trees? Portion of Paradise, CA after the "Forest Fire". ...
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Are rising temperatures making fires worse?

Al Gore tweeted: Ferocious wildfire in California forces evacuation of ~3,000 [...] Rising temperatures are making fires worse. (Emphasis mine) Is this true?
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Does having your bedroom door closed while sleeping improve fire safety?

The UL (formerly Underwriter Laboratories) has a Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) that claims that sleeping with the bedroom door closed reduces the risk of being killed in a fire: UL FSRI ...
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Is federal firefighting the cause for the increase of US forest fires and their severity?

On the Cato Institute's website is this claim: The heightened danger to national forests is, ironically, the result of longstanding federal efforts to suppress fires going back many decades. Those ...
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Is filling multiple vehicles in one transaction at a gas station a safety hazard?

According to this gas station, pumping gasoline into more than one vehicle is a serious safety hazard: The gas station making this claim charges different customers different prices per gallon ...
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Do fire shelters save lives?

19 wildfire firefighters died in Arizona today, and the articles mention that they appear to have used their fire shelters: the 19 firefighters were found in an area that also had 19 fire shelters ...
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Is water that can be set on fire safe to drink?

In this newly release video by RT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1A3x7AyIVo A man sets water on fire that is pouring from his well, the narrator reads: The local government of Texas, tells ...
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Are the 2019 Amazon rainforest fires only 7% higher than the 10 year average?

This article makes the following claim: While the number of fires in 2019 is indeed 80% higher than in 2018, it’s just 7% higher than the average over the last 10 years ago, Nepstad said. ...
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Was the heart of the buddhist monk Quảng Đức intact after cremation?

The Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức self-immolated during a political protest and it is reported that The monk’s remains were ordered cremated for burial, but something unexplainable happened: ...
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Is aerial firefighting an effective way of combating forest fires? [closed]

Every summer we see the same image: brave firefighters flying helicopters and planes with tanks full of water or fire retardant over yet another forest fire. But is there actual evidence on whether or ...
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Does jet fuel have a maximum burning temperature of 980 °C?

ME Petroleum are an oil trading company. They have a page of Jet Fuel facts, where they explain that the standard specification of Jet Fuel is JET A-1 (a.k.a JET A). They also claim the "Maximum ...
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Are coal seams in Blue Mountains (Australia) burning?

The only source I found is a tweet that does not link to evidence, and I couldn't find reference to this with a quick search. Coal seams in the Blue Mountains caught fire today, so it’s gone ...
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Did a firefighter rescue a cat from a still-burning house?

From twitter user @Earth_Pics: Firefighter in Denmark rescues cat from burning house.The way he hugs cat and the expressions of cat says it all. Note: the white stuff is probably snow, not ash. ...
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Make fire with a potato, salt, and toothpaste?

I saw a video recently that seemed to show a fire being started from a potato, salt, toothpaste, a couple of wires, and what appears to be cotton. A video showing this is HERE. To summarize, it looks ...
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Can repeatedly turning on and off lights cause a fire? [closed]

The old and pretty common tail told by parents to their children is something similar to "If you keep switching the light on and off you will start a fire!". Is this even possible? If so, are there ...
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Does this video show the Notre Dame fire being deliberately lit?

There are some videos online that appear to show flashes of light on top of notre dame cathedral prior to the fire. https://youtu.be/K046fjanNmY?t=47 However, the roof of the structure was metal. ...
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Did German troops ignite pools of kerosene on a ship in March 1943?

A recent video on the YouTube Lindybeige channel relates the story of Operation Creek in WWII in which irregular British forces invaded a German ship off Goa (now in India), March 1943. He cites James ...