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Why does water extinguish fires?

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it gives out oxygen which supports combustion
doesn't combustion create fire?
it gives enough hydrogen to stop the combustion..

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how does hydrogen stop combustion?
yes, it creates fire..thats why they are used only in class A fires....
its not hydrogen which stops it, its the air pressurized water
if oxygen creates does water extinguish fire?
carbon dioxide too...
for some odd reason..oxygen seems to extinguish fire
ok fine.. just guessing!! :D
its not oxygen, the air is used as the propellant and water is just expellant
see, if you normally pour water, it may increase have to use pressurized air which does the job
carbon dioxide does not supprt is used for higher degree fires such as in industries
Okay so is it clear?

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