Houston firefighter uses beer to put out 18-wheeler truck fire

Capt. Craig Moreau and truck driver were able to extinguish blaze with Coors Banquet beers on Monday.

By Evan Bleier
Man used beer from Coors (File/UPI/Gary C. Caskey)
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When a Houston firefighter came across an 18-wheeler with smoke pouring out of it on Texas 71, he didn’t have any water with him because it was his day off.

He got creative.


During a trip back from Austin with his wife, Capt. Craig Moreau was able to assist a truck driver putting out a brake fire on his vehicle by using the truck’s cargo -- Coors Banquet beer.

"The brakes had caught and the tire was burning," said Moreau. "I crawled underneath and thought we'd got it out but it flared back up. So I said to the driver, 'what have you got in here?'"

Moreau got a great response.

"It's beer! It's all beer," the driver said.

“Thankfully they were tall-boys,” Moreau said. “I couldn’t help but laugh at the irony of it all, he was so shaken up that the humor escaped him.”

All three people at the scene started shaking and spraying and cans of beer on the blaze and it was eventually extinguished.

"I have no doubt if the beer hadn't been there, the whole trailer would have burned up," Moreau said. "A few more minutes down the road and it may not have worked. It's in our nature to help folks, but this is the first time I've done it with beer."


No one likes to see good beer go to waste, but Fire Chief Terry Garrison was glad everything worked out. "I support the extinguishment of fire, no matter what the cost,” he said.

[Houston Chronicle] [News 92]

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