A fierce fire consumed all 44 floors of a skyscraper in Beijing today, shooting 30 foot flames into the air, but unlike the similarly-sized 47-story WTC 7, which suffered limited fires across just eight floors, the building in China did not collapse.
“The fire was burning from the ground floor to the top floor of the large building, the flames reflecting in the glass facade of the main CCTV tower next to the hotel and cultural center,” reports the New York Times.
“The 241-room Mandarin Oriental hotel in the building was due to open this year. Flames were spotted around 7:45 p.m. and within 20 minutes the fire had spread throughout the building, dominating that part of the city.”
“Hundreds of firefighting vehicles and police blocked off all approaches to the building - which was also set to house a luxury hotel due to be opened in 2009 - with flames appearing to leap 20 to 30 feet into the air,” adds The London Times.
Compare images of WTC 7 with those of the skyscraper fire in Beijing. Note that the Beijing skyscraper appears to be leaning due to the unorthodox design of the building - it did not suffer any kind of collapse.
Although this Chinese building and WTC 7 differ they are both steel framed skyscrapers such that one could reasonably expect some sort of collapse in the former considering what we saw on 911.
What this story shows, which includes mention of the 2005 Madrid Fire, is that the likelihood of a TOTAL collapse of steel framed buildings due to fire is extremely unlikely. That any collapse should be symmetrical, without using explosives, would defy all good reason. A symmetrical collapse requires split second removal of all load bearing columns.
At the heart of the matter is the fact that steel framed skycrapers are designed to withstand severe fires and the fires in WTC 7 were weak. The core problem with the official NIST investigation into the WTC 7 collapse is that it was based only on a HYPOTHETICAL model that didn't even match the observed features of the fall. Absolutely no verifiable physical evidence or testing backed up the NIST claims.
On the other hand, the explosive demolition hypothesis fits the observed situation more accurately and it also gels with the physical evidence that was found at the 911 crime scene. Molten Steel and Thermate byproducts proved that the WTC 7 building was taken down using explosive incendiaries. 911 = Inside Job. Case closed.
[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 10th, 2009.]