Breast milk helped save a grown man's life while he was riding a New York City bus.

Three teenage hooligans thought they were being funny when they set fire to a plastic bag attached to disabled Vietnam veteran Francis Abrams' wheelchair Tuesday, the New York Post and Daily News reported.

The flames shot up from the bag, quickly spread to Abrams' jacket and threatened to engulf the entire bus.

But two women aboard the Staten Island (search) bus, one of them a new mother carrying a baby, jumped into action, dousing the flames with a bottle of water — and a sippy cup (search) full of freshly-pumped breast milk.

"It was put out with breast milk," a police source confirmed to the Daily News.

"They didn't have to do anything," a grateful Abrams, 57, said of the women to the Post. "They could have been more worried about the baby and just gotten off the bus."

The torch-happy teens, who were playing hooky from high school, ran off the bus but were quickly caught by cops.

Abrams, who lost his left leg fighting in Vietnam, didn't mind being saved by the most wholesome of human bodily fluids.

"I don't care," he told the Daily News. "It doesn't bother me."

— Thanks to Out There reader Tony L.

A Long Way From the Desert

SHINNSTON, W.Va. (AP) — A 1,500-pound camel picked an unfortunate place to take a breather.

A woman called for help on her cell phone Wednesday after a camel sat on top of her while she was painting a fence.

Firefighters and the camel's owner helped move the animal off the woman, who was having trouble breathing, ambulance driver Brent Hicks said.

"There is no protocol on something like this," he said.

The names of the woman and the camel's owner were not released.

— Thanks to Out There reader Tim A.

Alligator Calls Reservoir Home

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials are hunting for a 3-foot alligator seen lolling in a suburban reservoir.

The reptile, first seen Saturday on the surface of Falling Creek Reservoir (search), is feeding on fish and is not considered a threat to residents, officials said.

"It poses really no threat to anybody unless somebody starts messin' with it or grabs its tail," Alice Berry, Chesterfield County's manager of animal control, said Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's wildlife services program has been called in to capture the animal and relocate it to warmer climes, she said.

"You can assume it was a captive animal and was released," said Joseph Mitchell, a University of Richmond reptile expert.

The animal could be an American alligator, a crocodile or a caiman, Mitchell said. To most people, the reptilian relatives look alike from a distance.

Shifting Wind Blows Man Into Jail

BENTON, Ark. (AP) — A man who decided to use fire instead of sledgehammers on a demolition project blamed his own bad judgment for starting a blaze that destroyed three unoccupied buildings in town.

"I would've been all right if the wind hadn't changed," said Stinson Bailey, 63, after he was charged with reckless burning and disorderly conduct in connection with Saturday's fire.

Bailey had city permission to demolish a building, but things went awry.

"It was bad judgment on my part, I'm not arguing that," Bailey said. "But people don't realize that I spent two days tearing that [main] building down and getting demolition permits from the city and other things."

Fire marshal Bruce Armstrong said a district fire chief, Phillip Christenberry, had noticed smoke from Bailey's property, checked things out and advised the man that burning was not the way to demolish the building.

"He advised them that it is illegal to burn buildings or construction materials, but was told that his services were not needed," Armstrong said. "Phillip then told the people that he was calling a truck out to extinguish the fire, but the people at the scene told him that he shouldn't be concerned about the situation and he should come back later."

After the fire had turned into a major blaze, officers arrested Bailey, who was released after posting $1,000 bail.

Vermont Puts Its Highway Signs in Other States

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It's illegal to put up a billboard in Vermont. So the Governor's Highway Safety Program in that state took its seat-belt safety campaign to New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

A sign on Interstate 293 (search) in central New Hampshire — at least 70 miles away from the Vermont state line — tells drivers, "Buckle-up in Vermont. It's the law."

It's part of the state's "Click it or Ticket" campaign.

"We bought billboards in New Hampshire and Massachusetts as close to the Vermont border as we can get," said Charles Satterfield, public information officer for the Governor's Highway Safety Program in Vermont. "The reason we did it is because Vermont's lowest belt use is [along] the New Hampshire and Massachusetts borders. Those two states have among the lowest seat belt use rates in the country, and they affect the belt use rates in Vermont."

Another reason: In New Hampshire, there's no seat belt law for adults.

The signs are up through June 5.

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Compiled by FOX News' Paul Wagenseil.

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