How Did This Guy Manage to Accidentally Livestream Setting His House on Fire? | Motherboard There's a real survival lesson in this one. What did this guy do wrong? Aside from having every inch of his floor stacked with combustibles, just in case the place caught fire? And stacking a lot of tissues soaked with lighter fluid on his desk? And trying to smother a fire with cardboard boxes? And leaving the boxes in the fire when they didn't put it out? And leaving the fire to ....Whoops. Rewind that. Leaving the fire. To go get some water. A pathetically inadequate amount of water. Several times. Here's the thing: People underestimate how much time it takes to fill up a bucket or fetch a distant fire extinguisher. And they underestimate how fast a fire can grow when it's simply left to burn. He could have snuffed both of those fires in moments, while they were still small. Even after he tossed them into his cardboard box collection. In fact, he could have stomped both of them out--if he had been wearing shoes. His efforts to beat the fire out just fanned it into a roaring blaze. Just one wet towel would have done the job far better than several pans of water slung in roughly the right direction. Even the dry futon could have been used to smother the flames while they were small--if he hadn't used it to fan them. The larger a fire gets, the faster is gets even larger. Until it reaches the flashpoint--and then if you're still in the room you're on fire. So here's my rule of thumb: If you can't put a small fire out before it doubles in size, you can't put it out at all. If you spend the same amount of time again, still trying, it'll be four times the size it was. The instant a fire looks either large or out-of-control, that's when you should hustle the kids out of the house and call the fire dept. Toward the end of this guy's video, there was enough smoke in the air to kill him outright--if the wrong kind of fabrics or plastics had been burning. He was taking a major risk by then. And then everything got all fuzzy and went black. Just like in real life.