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50th floor elevator
Before it reached its first landing, the building shook, and the elevator swung from side to side. After about 10 minutes, an announcement was made about an explosion, then went eerily quiet. Smoke entered the cabin. The passengers pried open the car doors, using Demczur's squeegee, only to be faced with a wall. They were on the 50th floor, not a stop for this elevator
50th floor Elevator, with Demczur
George S. Phoeniz III:
Then I smelled smoke. This changed things. We had to get out. I got out my handkerchief and covered my nose and mouth. Then I remembered that it was better to wet it so I dipped it in my milk. I suggested to the others to do the same. We pried open the doors again and laid down the window-washer's pole to keep the door open. It was the perfect size. Now we started kicking the hell out of the wall in front of us. It was no use. It was sheetrock, a.k.a. plasterboard or drywall, in 2 feet wide sections with a steel frame around it. It hardly moved. We would have to dig through it.
Originally posted by Pilgrum
reply to post by Valhall
Thanks for that link to the original story.
I noted the observation of thick black smoke in abundance. Is it possible that liquid jet fuel and smoke progressed that far before the vapour was ignited by the fires above causing the fireball that propagated down the shaft?
I was in the basement which is a support floor for the maintenance company and we hear like a big rumble, not like an impact, like a rumble, like something, like moving furniture on a, on a massive way and all of a sudden we hear another rumble and a guy comes running, running into our office and all his skin was off his body,all his skin. We, we went crazy, we started screaming, we told him to get out.
The fire, the ball of fire, for example, I was in the basement when the first plane hit the building. And at that moment, I thought it was an electrical generator that blew up at that moment. A person comes running into the office saying explosion, explosion, explosion. When I look at this guy; has all his skin pulled off of his body. Hanging from the top of his fingertips like it was a glove. And I said, what happened? He said the elevators. What happened was the ball of fire went down with such a force down the elevator shaft on the 58th – freight elevator, the biggest freight elevator that we have in the North Tower, it went out with such a force that it broke the cables. It went down, I think seven flights. The person survived because he was pulled from the B3 level. But this person, being in front of the doors waiting for the elevator, practically got his skin vaporized.
Originally posted by v01i0
At least in my country, the elevators don't fall down even the cable is cut and the car is wholly loose on the shaft. They have emergency design that prevents liftcars from falling free.
Originally posted by Pilgrum
Yes - very puzzling
That places the source of the explosion in the vicinity of the parking garage or the machine shop with the blast propagating via the firestairs and possibly elevator shafts to cause the secondary effects like the fireball and the firedoor on the floor above. And it smelt like kerosene?