Ive only called 911 once. I saw some teenager trying to put out his car-fire with a dixie-cup of water (btw, I think I was 19 or so at the time). Thought "yeah, that isn't going to work" called, then went outside with a fire-extinguisher to put it out as he arrived with I think his 3rd cup of water.
Don't want to derail things.. but I put out an engine fire with a cup of coffee once.
Was driving to work with my wife when the engine started spewing smoke. So we pulled over and popped the hood. Turns out the alternator had locked up or something and was actually glowing red enough to see it. A moment later "poof
" it burst into flames!
I whipped off my shirt and started beating it, but I'd beat out the flame and it'd 'poof'
right back up. Like one of those joke candles you can guy for people you want to piss off on their birthday. After the third time I ran to the car and grabbed our morning coffee... back to the front and poured it right on there.
A moment later the scent of burnt coffee and relief was in the air.
Least I didn't have to try and climb up on the bumper and hang my bits out over a flaming engine at rush hour to try to put it out. That probably wouldn't have worked out so well.