Category: fire

Using a cell phone at a gas station can cause a fire or explosion is a common urban legend, and has never happened anywhere in the world. Experts believe it to be impossible as no-one has been able to successfully create a fire or explosion by using a cell phone while fueling a car.

In 1971, Soviet engineers working in Turkmenistan set a hole on fire which was filled with natural gases. The engineers expected the flames inside the hole to only burn for a few days, however, they soon found out that this would not be the case. The hole has since been burning for over 46 years and is known as ‘The Door to Hell’.

Photo : Stefan Krasowski / Flickr

In 1971, Soviet engineers working in Turkmenistan set a hole on fire which was filled with natural gases. The engineers expected the flames inside the hole to only burn for a few days, however, they soon found out that this would not be the case. The hole has since been burning for over 46 years and is known as ‘The Door to Hell’.

Photo : Stefan Krasowski / Flickr

The first Roman fire brigade was created to be very lucrative. Arriving at the scene, the fire fighters did nothing while a price was negotiated. Failing to reach a deal, the structure was allowed to burn to the ground after which an offer was made to purchase it for a fraction of its value.

Photo : Sylvain Pedneault / wikipedia

Dropping a lighted cigarette in a pool of petrol does not unleash fire as shown in the movies. Researchers tried over 2,000 times to ignite petrol with a cigarette and failed 100% of the time.

Isaac Newton had a dog called “Diamond” who knocked over a candle and set fire to twenty years worth of his research.

30 years ago, you had about 17 minutes to escape a house fire. Today it’s down to 3-4 minutes.

Steve Leech, a milkman who was doing his rounds, saw a shop on fire. He used 320 pints of milk to put it out, and was credited with saving seven other stores. He received the award for “Hero Milkman of the Millennium.”