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When my time comes, this will be the second question
I ask God. First question: what does he have against the Chicago Cubs
But I notice that neither the man in question nor the journalist who wrote up the story knows much about motor spirit:
Walker credits the fact that gas fumes rather than the liquid itself caught fire at first, letting him scramble away unharmed.
The liquid is not flammable. It has to evaporate before it will burn, which is why an almost empty tank is more dangereous than a full one.
Just a guess here... let me know if I'm wrong. :)