Helium (an inert gas) is used.
delmoi: Hmm, I looked up the Hindenburg entry on wikipedia and found this:
Further, the recent technical papers  point out that even if the ship had been coated with typical rocket fuel (as is often stated in the press), it would have taken many hours to burn — not the 34 seconds that it actually took.
So it appears, at least on wikipedia that it's nowhere from resolved that the ship burned because of the paint.
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