The 911 Disaster; Things You Might Not Know About

Though you’ve no doubt read plenty of stories related to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, here’s one that’s likely to surprise.
  • Twenty survivors were pulled out of the rubble: One was a secretary rescued after 27 hours.
  • One survivor escaped from the South Tower as it collapsed: Ron DiFrancesco was one of just four people who escaped from above the 81st floor. He was on his way out when the second plane hit; it collapsed just after he exited.

Fires burned for 99 days: The last fires at Ground Zero weren’t extinguished completely until Dec. 19, 2001.

  • Three skyscrapers fell in New York: But you’ll be hard pressed to find much coverage of World Trade Center Building 7, a 47-story building thought to have collapsed due to “ancillary damage” from the Twin Towers.
  • World Trade Center steel was recycled: Some of the 185,101 tons of steel left at Ground Zero was used in memorials across the US, but some was also sold to China and India.
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