The fuel burned for hours in the building
The negligence was not the cause of the collapse of the third tower of the World Trade Center hours after the destruction of the Twin Towers by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, ruled an appeals court to acquit the construction company and other defendants.
It is impossible to construct a building capable of surviving the events. The Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said that is “simply incompatible with the common sense and experience to argue that the defendants were required to design and construct a building capable of surviving the events of September 11, 2001.”
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The ruling upheld rulings concerning the 47-story tower of World Trade Center 7 issued by Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein, who argued that the claims of the New York power company Consolidated Edison Co. and its insurers were “too convoluted and weak “to survive.
Con Ed and insurers had said they could allocate responsibility to a company owned by Larry Silverstein constructor and other defendants. In a series of rulings, Hellerstein dismissed several defendants.
The building collapsed at 5.21 pm on 11 September that year, nearly seven hours after the other buildings. The collapse of Tower 7 crushed a Con Ed power plant
Judge Rosemary Pooler wrote in the ruling, approved by a 2-1 majority, that according to the interpretation of responsibility made by Con Ed, if a building “collapsed as a result of a fire caused by a nuclear attack south of Manhattan “you could hold those who designed and built it.
The judge wrote that while the concepts that allow an entity to file a liability claim “by its very nature must be elastic, the end of the day must have a connection to reality.”
Diesel fueled emergency generators.
In a dissenting judgment, Judge Richard Wesley said a trial should have been at least for expert testimony to determine why Tower 7 collapsed.
The fuel burned for hours in the building after hijacked planes crashed into the neighboring towers. Con Ed had alleged negligence in part because the tenants of Tower 7 were allowed to install emergency generators with diesel fuel.
The fuel burned for hours in the building after hijacked planes crashed into the neighboring towers, which threw debris into smaller skyscrapers.
Con Ed said the diesel fuel to the flames intensified. The fire department decided to let the flames consume the Tower in July because they lacked sufficient sources of water, the building was deserted and 343 firefighters had died that day, the court noted.
Lawyers for both sides did not respond to requests for comment beginning. The construction of a new building of the World Trade Center 7 of 52 floors was completed in 2006.