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philb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-14-05 12:19 AM
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10. another report of wind blast & rubble on 4th floor of WTC1
Edited on Sun Aug-14-05 12:20 AM by philb
Derek Brogan FDNY
(After WTC2 had collapsed)
As we got back in the stairwell, we didn't know whether we were going up or going down. But the rumbling was so intense that we didn't really know what had happened. We just assumed that our building had been hit by another plane. The officer just looked at all of us and said, "That's it. We're getting out of here. We're done. So we started going down the stairs.

We got to the fourth floor, and the stairwell was filled with rubble. We couldn't go down that stairway anymore. So we went out into the hallway through the fourth floor, and the officer again yelled
that we have to look for windows. Maybe we could blow out a window and just get fresh air from a window, whatever it was that was in his mind.

There was no windows in the lobby when we showed up, and there was no windows in the lobby when we were leaving.
I started running up West Street. I still had my mask on and looking back at the cloud that was coming behind us. A clear burst of air came right before the dust cloud came and blew my mask off my shoulders. I just kept on running.

Do you remember your exact positioning, where exactly it was when you started to run at that point?
A. We were just beyond the Verizon building, which I think the Verizon building is the north side of Vesey Street. I would estimate we were out of the building maybe two minutes before it fell down.

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