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Is there a liquid substance or compound that works as well to put out fire as water does?

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    $\begingroup$ I'd say many would do better then water, for they evaporate easier and choke the flame with their vapors. We still use water because it is cheap and environment friendly. $\endgroup$ – Ivan Neretin Nov 24 '16 at 5:26
  • $\begingroup$ Water is used because cities have giant tanks of it. Liquid nitrogen would be more effective but you don't have enough. $\endgroup$ – Joshua May 7 '18 at 18:47
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Carbon tetrachloride was once used for this purpose as it has practically no flammability at lower temperatures .

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