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How to start a lab fire

I've got a "mad scientist's" laboratory, circa 1875, and a character irate with said mad scientist who is going to be smashing vials and generally causing destruction in said lab. I need to know what sort of chemicals and devices he would have in the lab and what would happen if someone started trashing the place. The ideal situation would be for irate character to start a fire that is subsequently put out.

Since I am writing fantasy, I'm willing to be flexible about the exact date and the type of materials in the lab, and the character doing the smashing is supernaturally hardy, so don't worry about him being injured. The only thing that the lab absolutely has to have in it is a pile of handwritten notes, so there's plenty of flammable paper lying around.

ETA: I also need to know how to put out the chemical fires.
Tags: ~fires, ~science: chemistry

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