A California man who was trying to protect his home from the vicious wildfires that have been sweeping through the state came up with an ingenious way to fight the flames when his water supply was cut off.
Homeowner Chad Little told NBC12 that when flames started to surround his property, his family took off for safety. But having just rebuilt his home from a previous fire, Mr Little decided to stay back and try to defend his house.
Mr Little had several hoses surrounding the property, so he thought he would be safe but wasn’t prepared for the water supply to shut off, so he grabbed a rake and started clearing dead grass as the fire came closer.
“It was crazy, everybody’s on propane tanks. It was like a war zone,” he said, describing the fire.
“I was putting out fires all the way around here, stopping it from going toward the house. Meanwhile, all the cars were on fire,” Mr Little told NBC.
Mr Little had managed to keep the fire away from his home but his vintage cars were completely destroyed and the fire was heading for his wooden garage.
“It was burning on the wood down low, and I didn’t have any water,” Mr Little said.
He told NBC he tried to use a little water that he found in a barrel but it wasn’t working, so when he saw a carton of his favourite beer, Bud Light, he decided to try spraying the fire with the low alcohol beer.
“When I ripped up the sheet metal, it had a nail, so I was just shaking it up, popping it just and spraying them, popping it out and grabbing another one,” Mr Little said.
The quick thinking worked and the beer lover managed to save his garage and home.
”My buddies all tease me about drinking ‘water beer’, and I say, ‘hey, saved my shop,’” he laughed.
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