Red Adair ~ Devil’s Cigarette Lighter
The Red Adair Co., Inc. presents “The Devil’s Cigarette Lighter.”
This circa 1962 color film features the first person narration of famed oil well fire fighter Red Adair. Red takes us step by step as he and his fire fighters (including Boots Hansen and Coots Mathews). Extinguished the oil well fire that put the Red Adair Company on the map and made him a celebrity.
The natural gas well fire was nicknamed “The Devil’s Cigarette Lighter. The fire, in the Sahara Desert of Algeria, ignited in 1961 when a pipe ruptured on a Phillips Petroleum Company-owned well. The blowout and fire were estimated to have consumed enough gas to supply Paris for three months.
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With the well burning for almost six months, the fire was extinguished by Adair by using explosives. This deprived the flame of oxygen. The incident became the basis of the film Hellfighter starring John Wayne in the role of Adair.
The film opens with scenes from the Sahara and the fire (mark 01:37). Red Adair explains to us how he and his crews had to dig for water to first try to extinguish the blaze. During the video Red has a calm and reassuring drawl. He covers each step of the operation as he is occasionally asked questioned about the project.
At mark 08:17 streams of water are shown cooling the area before work crews moved in. Then at mark 11:30 viewers get a close-up look of the flames. After attacking the base of the fire with water, Adair is shown at mark 14:00 preparing drums which will hold the explosives that eventually be used to extinguish the blaze.
Red takes the time & carefully explains the process as events plays out on screen, and the camera shakes at mark 16:25 as the explosives go off.
Red Extinguishes The Flame From Hell
Also you will find at 18:50, Adair uses to diagrams to further explain the process used to extinguish the Devil’s Cigarette Lighter before returning to footage that includes preparing to cap the well (mark 22:55).
Following a series of more graphics and preparation, the flow of gas is finally shut off at mark 30:32. Paul Neal “Red” Adair (June 18, 1915 – August 7, 2004) was an American oil well firefighter.
Red Adair became notable as an innovator in the highly specialized and hazardous profession of extinguishing and capping oil well blowouts. This included both land-based and offshore. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting?
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