I should have been clearer.
I agree a fire extinguisher is the appropriate device for fuel (and some other) fires), and water is seen as less than ideal.
I carry a fire-Ex inside my Jaguars.
An important “tool” for a new MK2 owner to own, what with SU carb overflow & 50+ yr old electrics
I was basing my comment on the young OP, maybe not having a fire extinguisher on hand ?
put out 2 fires, one a petrol in engine bay, one a weld/insulation, with water
An extinguisher must be right on hand, hope it works, makes a mess, definitely 1st choice
a bucket of water is instant, will quell the flames enough to give you a chance, even with a petrol fire
also good to wash fuel or any other substance instantly off you, or anything else, wash yr hands in the bucket when you are done etc etc
best bet, proper fire extinguisher, fire blanket, hose close enough to reach
It is wise to consider fire risk very carefully when pumping fuel, so that the power can be shut off very quickly to the fuel pump, do it outside, minimise static electricity risk, etc
I will end with the immortal words of Dirty Harry…in the event of a fire breaking out, and you dont have a fire extinguisher handy…do you want a bucket of water punk?..well do ya