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What makes water stop fire when oxygen & hydrogen don't?

Oxygen gives life to fire and hydrogen is highly flammable. But when the atoms of these two elements are joined together, they actually put out fire. Why is this so?

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What you call "fire" is a process of rapid oxidation. Stuff combines with oxygen in the presence of heat, producing a new compound and a lot more heat, from the chemical reaction.

When elements form bonds between each other they form compounds. Compounds have different properties than what they are made of. Just like salt. Salt is made from ...

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This solution provides reason behind water being inflammable when its constituents hydrogen and oxygen produce fire.