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Re: How does carbon dioxide kill fire?

Date: Sun Jan 16 12:41:52 2000
Posted By: Donald E Duggan, Undergraduate, Astronomy/Physics, Fire Science
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 946660155.Ch

CO2 extinguishes fire by cooling, and by excluding or displacing oxygen. I hope this is not over simplified for you but CO2 will not support combustion in and of itself. Thank you for your question.

Donald E duggan

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