We were always told that we shouldn't throw water on a fire in a frying pan because it could make it worse. But, wow! Did you ever really know what that meant or how much worse it could be? No, then take a look at this. The water, being heavier than the oil, sinks to the bottom where it instantly becomes superheated. The explosive force of the steam blows the burning oil up and out. Inside the confines of a kitchen, the fire ball hits the ceiling and fills the entire room. Also, do not throw sugar or flour on a grease fire. One cup creates an explosive force like dynamite.