Many rescue workers and fire fighters witnessed explosions and foreknowledge about the collapse of WTC 7.

“It’s blowin’ boy”
“Did you hear that?”
“Move it back, that building is about to blow up.”
“The whole thing is about to blow up, move it back.”
“Keep your eye on that building, it will be coming down soon”
“We are walking back ’cause that building is about to blow up”
‘coming down soon’
“we got to move back, seven is exploding!”
“it’s gone man.”

WTC7, about to blow up, CNN (1 min) (17 Seconds)

9/11 WTC Building 7 Demolition – Its Gone Man (West Side Highway)
Waiting for Seven: WTC 7 Collapse Warnings in the FDNY Oral Histories
Building 7 Demolition Quotes:
Captain Chris Boyle says ‘they’ said WTC 7 is coming down.
Battalion Chief John Norman
“Yes, that’s why we couldn’t walk down Vesey. But I never expected it to fall the way it did as quickly as it did, 7.”
“Nobody ever thought the towers would collapse, nobody,” Norman said. Certainly not in the short time that had lapsed.”
Firefighter Marcel Claes says he was kept away from WTC 7 because of the ‘potential of collapse’.
Firefighter Scott Holowach says he and his crew were just ‘hanging out’ until tower WTC 7 came down and went right to work to put 7’s fires out.
Paramedic Steven Pilla says he and his crew didn’t do any further because they were ‘waiting’ for WTC 7 to come down.
Firefighter Lt William Ryan says he and his crew were told WTC 7 was going to collapse ‘around 3 pm’ and fell back until it came down.
Firefighter Frank Sweeney says he and his crew were sent back down near the WTC 7 and ‘stood and waited’ for it to come down.
Fire Deputy Chief Hayden 911

“We were concerned with the possibility of collapsing the building….. if we allowed it to burn could we anticipate a collapse and if so how soon….. you have about 5 hours.”
FDNY 9/11 Survivor Witness and Whistleblower: Speaks on WTC 7 (Rudy Dent)
“It’s gone man”



The FEMA report on the collapses, from May, 2002, also says about the WTC 7 collapse: “no manual firefighting operations were taken by FDNY.”
Dr. Shyam Sunder, of the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST), which investigated the collapse of WTC 7, is quoted in Popular Mechanics (9/11: Debunking the Myths, March, 2005) as saying: “There was no firefighting in WTC 7.”
An article by James Glanz in the New York Times on November 29, 2001 says about WTC 7: “By 11:30 a.m., the fire commander in charge of that area, Assistant Chief Frank Fellini, ordered firefighters away from it for safety reasons.”
“After the North Tower collapsed, some firefighters entered 7 World Trade Center to search the building. They attempted to extinguish small pockets of fire, but low water pressure hindered their efforts.”

“At that time, other firefighters started showing up, Deputy Battalion Chief Paul Ferran of the 41 Battalion, and James Savastano of the First Division assigned to the Second Battalion showed up and we attempted to search and extinguish, at the time which was small pockets of fire in 7 World Trade Center. We were unaware of the damage in the front of 7, because we were entering from the northeast entrance. We weren’t aware of the magnitude of the damage in the front of the building.
We made searches. We attempted to put some of the fire out, but we had a pressure problem. I forget the name of the Deputy. Some Deputy arrived at the scene and thought that the building was too dangerous to continue with operations, so we evacuated number 7 World Trade Center.”
“Around 3:30 pm FDNY Chief Daniel Nigro decided to halt rescue operations, surface removal, and searches along the surface of the debris near 7 World Trade Center and evacuate the area due to concerns for the safety of personnel.”
Firefighting Operations at WTC7

“According to NIST the collapse of WTC7 was said to be due to uncontrolled office fires.

In their Executive Summary they state, “The collapse of WTC7 could not have been prevented without controlling the fires before most of the combustible buildings contents were consumed.”

NIST states that the uncontrolled fires were due to a failure in the water supply to both firefighting operations and the sprinkler system. This is said to be due to a break in the city water main from falling debris.

However, there are many contradicting reports showing good water availability for firefighting and the sprinkler system. WTC7 was fitted with a fire standpipe (called a ‘dry-riser’ in the UK) and sprinkler systems consisting of wet and dry type systems.”


An engineer at the World Trade Center site correctly predicts that WTC Building 7 is going to collapse. Deputy Chief Peter Hayden of the New York Fire Department will later recall: “We had our special operations people set up surveying instruments to monitor, and see if there was any movement of, [WTC 7]. We were concerned of the possibility of collapse of the building. And we had a discussion with one particular engineer there, and we asked him, if we allowed it to burn could we anticipate a collapse, and if so, how soon?” The engineer apparently predicts correctly that WTC 7 will collapse and also the time it will take before it comes down. As Hayden will continue: “And it turned out that he was pretty much right on the money, that he said, ‘In its current state, you have about five hours.’” Hayden will not reveal the name of this engineer. [BBC, 7/6/2008] WTC 7 will collapse at about 5:20 p.m. (see (5:20 p.m.) September 11, 2001), indicating that the engineer makes his prediction around midday or shortly after. [CNN, 9/12/2001]
Emergency medical technician Joseph Fortis says, “They pulled us all back at the time, almost about an hour before it, because they were sure—they knew it was going to come down, but they weren’t sure.” [City of New York, 11/9/2001]
Firefighter Edward Kennedy says, ” I remember [Chief Visconti] screaming about 7, No. 7, that they wanted everybody away from 7 because 7 was definitely going to collapse.” [City of New York, 1/17/2002]
Firefighter Vincent Massa: “They were concerned about seven coming down, and they kept changing us, establishing a collapse zone and backing us up.” [City of New York, 12/4/2001]
Firefighter Tiernach Cassidy: “[B]uilding seven was in eminent collapse. They blew the horns. They said everyone clear the area until we got that last civilian out.” [City of New York, 12/30/2001]

Battalion Fire Chief John Norman: “I was detailed to make sure the collapse zone for 7 WTC had been set up and was being maintained.” [Fire Engineering, 10/2002]
Several New York Fire Department chief officers, who have surveyed Building 7, have apparently determined it is in danger of collapsing. [Fire Engineering, 9/2002]
Fire Chief Frank Fellini says, “We were concerned that the fires on several floors and the missing steel would result in the building collapsing.” [City of New York, 12/3/2001]
Fire Captain Ray Goldbach says, “[W]e made a decision to take all of our units out of 7 World Trade Center because there was a potential for collapse.” [City of New York, 10/24/2001]
Some firefighters seem surprised at this decision. When Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen is making his way through hundreds of firefighters who are being held away from the WTC site, he hears complaints like, “It could take days for that building to come down,” and, “Why don’t they let us in there?” [Essen, 2002, pp. 45]
When Deputy Fire Chief Nick Visconti is instructing firefighters to evacuate the area, one comment he receives is, “[O]h, that building is never coming down, that didn’t get hit by a plane, why isn’t somebody in there putting the fire out?” [Firehouse Magazine, 9/9/2002]


Fire Chief Nigro 911

“all there was was powdered debris and metal. It was a very strange scene.”

“to make an evacuation zone around number 7, to pull everyone away, to stop the rescue efforts that were going on.”

“we don’t need to ask permission from the owner, no. When we’re in charge of the bldg. we’re in charge, and that decision would be the fire chief and his alone.”

Larry Silverstein’s “Pull It” Quote

“I am well aware of Mr. Silverstein’s statement, but to the best of my recollection, I did not speak to him on that day and I do not recall anyone telling me that they did either. That doesn’t mean he could not have spoken to someone from FDNY, it just means that I am not aware of it.” – FDNY Chief of Operations Daniel Nigro on 9/11.
FDNY Chief Daniel Nigro – “The biggest decision we had to make was to clear the area and create a collapse zone around the severly damaged [WTC 7] building. A number of fire officers and companies assessed the damage to the building. The appraisals indicated that the building’s integrity was in serious doubt.” [Fire Engineering magazine, 10/2002]

“Firehouse: Chief Nigro said they made a collapse zone and wanted everybody away from number 7— did you have to get all of those people out?
Hayden: Yeah, we had to pull everybody back. It was very difficult. We had to be very forceful in getting the guys out. They didn’t want to come out. There were guys going into areas that I wasn’t even really comfortable with, because of the possibility of secondary collapses. We didn’t know how stable any of this area was. We pulled everybody back probably by 3 or 3:30 in the afternoon. We said, this building is going to come down, get back. It came down about 5 o’clock or so, but we had everybody backed away by then.”
Fire Chief Daniel Nigro explains their decision-making process, saying, “A number of fire officers and companies assessed the damage to the building. The appraisals indicated that the building’s integrity was in serious doubt. I issued the orders to “pull back” the firefighters and define the collapse zone.” [Fire Engineering, 9/2002]
“The most important operational decision to be made that afternoon was the collapse (Of the WTC towers) had damaged 7 World Trade Center, which is about a 50 story building, at Vesey between West Broadway and Washington Street. It had very heavy fire on many floors and I ordered the evacuation of an area sufficient around to protect our members, so we had to give up some rescue operations that were going on at the time and back the people away far enough so that if 7 World Trade did collapse, we [wouldn’t] lose any more people. We continued to operate on what we could from that distance and approximately an hour and a half after that order was [given], at 5:30 in the afternoon, World Trade Center collapsed completely” – Daniel Nigro, Chief of Department Nigro_Daniel.txt

This is a message from Chief of Department (ret.) Daniel Nigro, addressing the conspiracy theories surrounding the collapse of WTC7. Thank you very much for this statement, Mr. Nigro. The work you and your colleagues did that day will never be forgotten.

“Release Date: September 23, 2007

Regarding WTC 7: The long-awaited US Government NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) report on the collapse of WTC 7 is due to be published at the end of this year (although it has been delayed already a few times [ adding fuel to the conspiracy theorists fires!]). That report should explain the cause and mechanics of the collapse in great detail. Early on the afternoon of September 11th 2001, following the collapse of WTC 1 & 2, I feared a collapse of WTC 7 (as did many on my staff).

The reasons are as follows:

1 – Although prior to that day high-rise structures had never collapsed, The collapse of WTC 1 & 2 showed that certain high-rise structures subjected to damage from impact and from fire will collapse.
2. The collapse of WTC 1 damaged portions of the lower floors of WTC 7.
3. WTC 7, we knew, was built on a small number of large columns providing an open Atrium on the lower levels.
4. numerous fires on many floors of WTC 7 burned without sufficient water supply to attack them.

For these reasons I made the decision (without consulting the owner, the mayor or anyone else – as ranking fire officer, that decision was my responsibility) to clear a collapse zone surrounding the building and to stop all activity within that zone. Approximately three hours after that order was given, WTC 7 collapsed.

Conspiracy theories abound and I believe firmly that all of them are without merit.

Regards, Dan Nigro
Chief of Department FDNY (retired)”
New York City’s Fire Chief’s Account

“Sept. 20
The son of a fireman and a 32-year veteran himself, Daniel Nigro was promoted to chief of the New York City Fire Department replacing his friend, Peter J. Ganci Jr., who died in the World Trade Center attack.”
Fire Chief Nigro Plans Retirement
“Nigro’s decision came after the fire commissioner’s office would not grant him tenure as chief of department. Tenure would have allowed him to retire with a chief of department’s pension. He will now retire at the lower rank of chief
of operations.”
[Inspiration] Daniel Nigro
Fire Deputy Chief Hayden 911

“We were concerned with the possibility of collapsing the building….. if we allowed it to burn could we anticipate a collapse and if so how soon….. you have about 5 hours.”
“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. That was just one of those wars we were just going to lose. We were concerned about the collapse of a 47-story building there. We were worried about additional collapse there of what was remaining standing of the towers and the Marriott, so we started pulling the people back after a couple of hours of surface removal and searches along the surface of the debris. We started to pull guys back because we were concerned for their safety.”


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