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philb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-15-05 09:34 PM
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44. Another fireman says WTC2 took several minutes to collapse
Or something major before the building collapsed later.

Eric Berntsen FDNY WTC2 takes a few minutes to collapse??


We heard the explosions from the kitchen. We went up on the roof and got there just in time to see the second plane hit the towers. So we ran downstairs. It was about five after 9:00.

The officer went off, got orders from a Chief, and we were told to go to the 74th floor of the south tower. He came back, told us what we were doing. We gathered the company together, started heading north through the Marriott. Then we made a right and went down the ramp to get to the concourse level. We headed eastbound in the concourse level to where it first turns up to the left, where the mall turns up to the left. That's when we heard the building start shaking. I looked up into the Marriott, because you could see up into it from where we were standing, and just saw black, like dust. The lights went out. I jumped into a corner under an archway.

After the building stopped shaking and there was no rumbling noise any more. We all got back together. We all turned on our lights.

When we got out on to Vesey, there was a Port Authority cop with us and he said that they were given reports that the second building was going to come down. So we made a decision we'd better leave. We were exhausted from carrying this gentleman who was pretty heavy, we estimated about 300 pounds, 275. It took six guys to carry him. We were all exhausted. We were changing. We made it a couple of steps and then we heard the rumble and we knew the second tower was coming down. Everybody let go of the guy and ran. Vinnie and the cop jumped under a car. There was no room for me there and I thought I could make it a little bit further than that. So once I hit the sidewalk on the Federal
Building, on Vesey, I turned right, which had me east on Vesey Street, and I started running.

Then I looked up and I saw a dark cloud and I grabbed my helmet.
The force knocked me down, blew me. I don't know how far I went, but I went forward pretty far. It knocked the wind out of me. I got covered with debris and just kept my hands on my helmet. Something pretty
big hit me and knocked my helmet off. I felt weight piling up on my back. I said I can't just lay here. I said let me get out of here. Let me see how deep I am, see what I can do. I was up against the wall of the Federal Building, and then I realized it was still pitch black.
The chauffeur got blown down I don't know what street. he was with the rig. The rig survived. It got beat up, the windows blown out, a little fire damage, not that much.
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