Once they arrive, Montag realizes they'll burn his own house down and Beatty actually forces Montag to burn the house himself; when he was done, Beatty was to place him under arrest. When Beatty continues to berate Montag, Montag turns the flamethrower on his superior and proceeds to burn him to ashes. Montag knocks the other firemen unconscious and runs.
Montag goes to Faber’s house, where he learns that a new Mechanical Hound has been put on his trail, along with several helicopters and a television crew. Montag gives Faber some money and tells him how to remove Montag’s scent from his house so the Mechanical Hound will not barge in.
Montag then takes some of Faber’s old clothes and runs off toward the river. The whole city watches as the chase unfolds on TV, but Montag manages to escape in the river and change into Faber’s clothes to disguise his scent.
Montag drifts downstream into the country and admires the night sky until he crashes into land.
Montag walks further into the country and follows a set of abandoned railroad tracks until he finds a group of renegade intellectuals, led by a man named Granger, who welcomes him.
Enemy jets appear in the sky and completely obliterate the city with bombs. Montag and his new friends move on to search for survivors and rebuild civilization.