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Firefighter creates gel to protect homes from fire

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The Yarnell Hill fire is the latest of several devastating wildfires we've seen this wildfire season.

A Florida firefighter says he has a way to stop the flames and save homes.

John Barlett got the idea for a super fire retardant when he noticed that even at the worst house fires -- disposable diapers never burn.

He invented Barricade -- a gel made from the same gel in diapers that makes them so absorbent.

In a demonstration, firefighters sprayed Barricade on one half of a sheet of plywood, then took a torch to it.

The unprotected side quickly burned, but the Barricade side was untouched by the flames.

Homeowners need about an hours notice of an impending wildfire and enough water pressure to run a garden hose.  Before they have to evacuate, they can coat their house to protect it while they're gone.

Video: FOX 10's Andrea Robinson and Rick D'Amico talk to Barlett about how his invention works and how it's sold.


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