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Tuesday, August 26, 2003

WWDS (What Would Dilbert Say?)

Burn Rate of World Trade Center Cubicles Key to Investigation
By Devlin Barrett Associated Press Writer
Published: Aug 26, 2003

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) - Computers and other office equipment fueled the World Trade Center fires long after the jets that crashed into the towers incinerated, suggesting a need to consider new fire codes for modern office buildings, federal investigators said Tuesday.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, which is investigating the cause of the buildings' collapse on Sept. 11, 2001, recreated the World Trade Center fire in a mock cubicle.

Investigators discovered that while the jet fuel and the plane's contents burned up in a matter of minutes, the contents of the buildings, including the many office cubicles on the upper floors, continued burning until the structures collapsed. (more)

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