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philb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-05 08:44 PM
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145. Some elevators were working at WTC1
FIREFIGHTER PAUL HYLAND elevators working in WTC1
WTC1
We went in, busted through one of the windows, opened up, made like a door. The maintenance guy said I think the elevators are working, or it was the Chief said it. The Chief went around and says take a look at some of the elevators. I think we had a
maintenance guy with us at the time. He said these low-rise are working, it will get you up to 16. So we went up to 16, which was great because, walking 16 flights, we wouldn't be able to operate.

LIEUTENANT WAYNE MERA FDNY elevators working at WTC1
WCT1
We were walking up Vesey and we saw parts of the plane on the ground still burning. So we turn down onto West Street and get to the north tower. We entered the north tower and reported to Chief Picciotto. He said we've got a report of people trapped on the 21st floor. So that's where we ended up going. We took the low-rise bank of elevators up to the 16th floor. It was a flying shaft from 1 to 8, so we stopped at 9 just to make sure it worked. Thank God it did. We went up to the 16th floor. We got off.

FIREFIGHTER WILLIAM GREEN
WTC1
WE TRIED TO MAKE THE 44TH FLOOR THERE WAS REPORT OF AN ELEVATOR ON THE 44TH FLOOR THAT
WENT INTO THE 60S

LIEUTENANT GREGG HANSSON
WTC1
we took another rest at the 27th f loor. I questioned t h e guy from t h e 90th floor , who said it was a plane. That ' s when I first realized that we had a plane up t h e r e . He said there was a fireball on the 90th f loor and a lot of smoke on the 90th floor.
He stated to me that he believed everyone from the 90th floor had gotten out. The conditions in the stairway were absolutely clear. There was no smoke whatsoever. Then we continued our way up again, eventually reaching the 35th floor .
Then I heard a mayday given over the command channel to evacuate the building. A couple people, civilians , indicated to me that there was an elevator that was working at this time.
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