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If my door subsystem is broken, and in the middle of a large fire, is there any other way to open the doors to flush the fire or am I DOOMED?

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When the door subsystem is damaged, you cannot open the doors yourself. Crewmembers can open them by walking through them, although I doubt this is useful in a situation where you're trying to vent a room that is on fire.

Eventually, a fire will burn out the oxygen in a room and put itself out, although depending on the strength of your doors, this may be after it's lit nearby rooms on fire.

Personally, any time where I think I'm going to be in a situation where fire is an issue (ie, the "too near a sun" events) I'll preemptively vent as much of the ship as possible. That way, if a fire does break out, it's more likely to burn out quickly.

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The trouble being, if your door-control is destroyed, your doors are suddenly made of tissue paper again. Fire will flow through them like pudding through an open hallway. – Paul Marshall Oct 3 '12 at 19:17
See, I've been caught by this. Blast hit my O2 and doors, and because my ship was half-vented, my crew couldn't access the room to fix it without being damaged. A non-vented ship, they'd have been able to trade off at the medibay, and had a longer "O2 buffer". – deworde Oct 5 '12 at 7:50
another reason why i love the engi ship. having healing across all areas of the ship is just so useful in many many ways – l I Oct 5 '12 at 12:27

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