Beijing CCTV Fire vs WTC 7 fire

Lately, “truthers have been using the CCTV fire that occurred in Beijing at 8:27 pm, Tuesday, February 9th to “prove” their assertion that the collapse of WTC 7 was controlled demolition.  Their “proof” is that the CCTV building, which was steel-framed, was comparable in size to WTC 7. While that statement is technically true, a little extra digging reveals that, as usual, the “truthers” left out a few details.

The first difference is that, as we see here, the fire in Beijing was fought.  In addition to being fought, that fire was eventually brought under control. Granted, it took six hours to do so, but that was only because Beijing doesn’t have the specialized firefighting equipment required to extinguish a high-rise fire without actually entering the building and no firefighting equipment had been installed inside the CCTV building- the fact remains, however, that that fire was brought under control, and, presumably, extinguished (source).

The fires in WTC 7 (and the twin towers, for that matter), were another story.  In point of fact, World Trade Center 7 had INTENSE, OUT OF CONTROL fires on MULTIPLE floors and those fires were NOT fought, as we see from this quote by Deputy fire Chief Pete Hayden when asked if there was heavy fire in WTC 7, found here:  Hayden: No, not right away, and that’s probably why it stood for so long because it took a while for that fire to develop. It was a heavy body of fire in there and then we didn’t make any attempt to fight it.”

Before “truthers” seize on the very first sentence, notice that Hayden said there was not a heavy fire in WTC 7 RIGHT AWAY.   Those two words change the whole meaning.

The other difference is this: The CCTV tower in Beijing did NOT suffer SEVERE structural damage before catching fire.

WTC 7, on the other hand, did suffer significant structural damage before catching fire. As we see here, according to Captain Chris Boyle of the New York Fire Department- who was actually there on 9/11- WTC 7 had a TWENTY-STORY hole in the SOUTH side (reference). Hint:  A 20-story-hole in a 47-story building is NOT minor damage.

Clearly, members of the 9/11 “Truth” Movement have their tinfoil hats on a little too tight.

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