Comment: That was clearly a hot fire

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That was clearly a hot fire

What you need is a fire expert to run your questions by. Any fireman can tell you how hot fires with hot smoke are much more dangerous and can spontaneously combust nearby materials. i think they call it flashover. Those poor firemen fighting that fire didn't have a shot at cooling it down.