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In 1968, a movie starring John Wayne was made about native Houstonian Red Adair. It was called Hellfighters, appropriately enough, because one of the fires Adair extinguished was a natural gas fire in 1962 called the Devil’s Cigarette Lighter. Among his “firsts” were extinguishing an underwater well and capping the first U.S. well that was on fire. His company also put out fires at 119 of the 700 wells in Kuwait that Iraqis torched during the Persian Gulf War. Other notable fires he handled included the Ixtoc 1 blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in 1979 and the Piper Alpha fire in the North Sea that killed 167 men in 1988. Adair put out his first fire in 1938 and retired in 1994 with more than 2,000 jobs to his credit.