Archer Daniels Meltdown; Alcohol Fuel Fires Hard to Douse

Mar 3, 2008 (THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR) — The problem is especially acute when a railroad tanker carrying pure alcohol is involved. The foam flame suppressants currently in use are reportedly ineffective; the fires just burn through. According to news accounts, many fire departments are either not trained to fight these alcohol fires, or inadequately equipped to do so. Think about race cars that run on alcohol fuels. The fires are extremely hot, and the flames invisible. Special means are necessary trackside to deal with it. Full Report