Comment: NIST is now believable?

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NIST is now believable?

They got that wrong, as well as many other things. We have plenty of evidence of major structural damage to 7. I doubt fire alone would have caused the entire building to collapse. The intensity of the fire in the eastern portion of the building may have caused the east penthouse collapse, but the load would have shifted and supported the building were there no other damage. It was the documented gouge in the building which then caused transfer of load to the perimeter, which it could not carry.
Richard Rotanz, deputy director of New York City's Office of Emergency Management, was tasked with inspecting 7 immediately after the collapse of 1WTC. He describes gaping holes in the floors above, and columns just dangling. His comments are here at the 3:45 mark:

Undo what Wilson did