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philb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-13-05 08:11 PM
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4. Fireman Tim Brown- WTC2- generated wind about 75 mph when collapsed
and huge dust so unable to see or stand.

FIREFIGHTER TIMOTHY BROWN

I ran into the doors of the Two World Trade on the Liberty Street side.

We finally set up -- prior to this I believe it was the west side of the core of the building there were elevators.
I told Chief Burns that I was going to go find EMS and bring them back into the lobby, which is something that saved my life. I went out to the Liberty Street side. He got two paramedics, himself and me. I said, "Okay. Follow me." We ran to the south side of the hotel to stay close to the building, trying not to get hit. We ran along the edge of the hotel.

As we ran towards the rear, which is the three side of the hotel, and rounded the corner to go into Two World Trade Center, in the doors, we heard the roar above us. I know I never looked up. So we just turned and ran for our lives. The roar was just getting louder. The
dust started blowing in our faces. I'm guessing around 30, 35 miles an hour the wind was. Everything started blowing toward us that wasn't
nailed down. You could not any longer run into the wind because you were getting pummeled by stuff. You couldn't see anybody to communicate.You couldn't hear anything. It was becoming our grave.



I wound up crawling on the floor as the wind got stronger and the roar
got louder. I found what I'm guessing was a 12 by 12 boxed out steel column, which I tried to become one with. I got as close as I could to
it. I had a helmet on. The helmet got blown off by the wind.

I'm no meteorologist, but I'm guessing that the wind at its height was
around 70, 75 miles an hour. I had to hold onto that steel column with all my might so I wouldn't get blown out into the street, I thought it lasted four minutes, Somebody told me it lasted a much shorter time than that. You still couldn't see anything.

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