The Interstate Bank Building fire consumed several floors but did not damage the steel superstructure

Meridian Plaza Fire
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The Smoking Gun
Building 7

FEMA Report, Chapter 8, page 7

"The specifics of the fires in WTC 7 and how they caused the building to collapse remain unknown at this time"

No Steel framed building has ever collapsed.

Even the steel framed buildings at Hiroshima (second photo) and Nagasaki were left standing

"A steel building survived fires in experiments with extreme temperatures beyond the range possible with jet fuel." Despite the temperature of the steel beams reaching 800-900 C (1,500-1,700 F) in three of the tests (well above the traditionally assumed critical temperature of 600 C (1,100 F), no collapse was observed in any of the six experiments).

Yet, from the firefighter interviews and reports

File No. 9110256

Firefighter Brian Fitzpatrick

Interview Date: December 6, 2001

pp. 7-8:

"We heard a Mayday for everybody to get out of the building -- no, I'm sorry, an urgent, three urgents, and we came out of the building. I'd say that was like an hour and a half, two hours later. We were then positioned on Vesey Street between North End and the West Side Highway because there was an imminent collapse on 7 World Trade , and it did collapse."

File No. 9110502

Firefighter Edward Kennedy

Interview Date: January 17, 2002

p. 19:

"That was the only Mayday that I remember, and to tell you the truth, the only guy that really stands out in my mind that I remember being on the radio was Chief Visconti. I remember him talking and giving directions and this and that. But this is as the day was going on and, of course, there were so many transmissions going over. I remember him screaming about 7, No. 7, that they wanted everybody away from 7 because 7 was was definitely going to collapse, they don't know when, but it's definitely going to come down, just get the hell out of the way, everybody get away from it, make sure you're away from it, that's an order, you know, stuff like that."

Lieutenant William Ryan

Interview Date: October 18, 2001

pp. 15-16:

"Then we found out, I guess around 3:00 o'clock, that they thought 7 was going to collapse. So, of course, we've got guys all in this pile over here and the main concern was get everybody out, and I guess it took us over an hour and a half, two hours to get everybody out of there."