Can water catch on fire?



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    Water can definitely act as a fuel to a fire especially in the case of electrical fires, however other than it containing a flammable liquid such as gasoline, in it, water in its purest form will not light on fire.

    Molecules such as CO2 and H20 have very stable bonds with oxygen which doesn’t tend towards more oxidative reactions (which is characteristic of more unstable molecules, think of rust on iron), which is what starts a fire. Thus, water is so stable because there isn’t much you could add to water to make it more stable, which is why it can put out fires, and is why its so ubiquitous on this planet.


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    Water on it’s own cannot catch on fire, though if there are flammable particles or chemicals in the water such as oil, it can appear that the water catches fire. This is particularly true with chemical and explosive fires, in that particles and debris floating in water at sea can still remain flammable. Water itself virtually chokes out an flame’s ability to consume oxygen, and in so doing puts out conventional fires. Chemical fires do require special flame retardants and cutting off of oxygen to be doused, as water will not do it alone in such instances.

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