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Soldier puts out arsonists' blaze at crowded Seattle nightclub on New Year's Eve

The quick thinking of a U.S. Army staff sergeant likely helped prevent a fire inside a Seattle night club from becoming a tragedy during New Year's Eve celebrations.

Seattle police say 750 were people celebrating in the club Neighbours when an arsonist poured gasoline on a carpeted stairway and set it ablaze.

KIRO-TV reports (http://is.gd/rdeMRP ) that in the first seconds after the fire started, Staff Sgt. Christopher Bostick grabbed a fire extinguisher from behind the bar. Then he and Air Force member Mike Casey put out the fire.

Bostick, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, expects the fire would have become unmanageable in less than a minute.

While the nightclub's sprinkler system rained water down, hundreds of people calmly_but quickly_left the nightclub. No one was hurt.

Detectives are investigating.

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Information from: KIRO-TV, htthttp://www.kirotv.com/index.html