Comment: And we haven't even talked about the damage.

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And we haven't even talked about the damage.

Do you understand the building was leaning and bulging, and the girders were creaking (moving) prior to the fires having any effect? Do you know what happens to the bolted and welded joints when a steel structure stresses due to twisting and leaning, even a small amount? The fires merely accelerated inevitable collapse. Had it stood, it would have to have been pulled, for it was shot. FDNY, several sources, declared it would collapse early in the day. They even abandoned rescue of their brothers around 6 because of it. They don't do that lightly.

Undo what Wilson did