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Turkish Skyscraper On Fire - Video

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A large blaze has broken out in a 42-story tower block in the center of the Turkish city of Istanbul. Firefighting crews brought the fire under control, rescuing those who had been trapped inside by the flames. Watch footage of the fire here.

More from RT:

Footage from Turkish TV showed the building wrapped in a cloud of black smoke and debris falling from the block. State TV reported that helicopters were deployed to help bring the inferno under control.


"All of them left [those trapped by the fire] the building in a healthy condition. We also rescued a few pets. Our biggest reward is there was no loss of life,” said Adnan Polat, owner of the tower block. He added that the “building has an early warning system and this incident showed the importance of it to everyone."


A faulty air conditioner may have triggered the blaze, Istanbul’s governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu was quoted as saying.


"The building's fire-extinguishing system automatically activated. Otherwise we could have faced a huge disaster," Mayor Mustafa Sarigul told the Associated Press, adding that the inside of the tower had not been damaged by the flames.


The Polat Tower in Istanbul’s Fulya business district is made up of both residential flats and offices.


Nearby buildings and a petrol station were evacuated as a precaution. Roads have also been cordoned off in the area.


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Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:11 | 2623474 Anne Ominous
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Be careful, as a steel framed building it may collapse at freefall speed any second.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:16 | 2623493 johnQpublic
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i know

i kept waiting to see it fall into its own footprint

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:23 | 2623509 Spirit Of Truth
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Why would Russia target a building in Istanbul?


Tue, 07/17/2012 - 08:25 | 2623651 SWRichmond
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Damned Syrians!  It's the turrurists!

Durka Durka!


Tue, 07/17/2012 - 08:59 | 2623778 Thomas
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The official report will be so obtuse: "We do not know at this time why it did not collapse."

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 09:09 | 2623817 Au Member
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Apparently there was an applied companies van hanging around outside an hour before it went up. http://www.appliedcompanies.net/products/chillers/directed-energy.html Standing by to see steel columns turn to dust again

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 09:57 | 2623965 machineh
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"We do not know at this time why it did not collapse."

Some dumbass didn't sprinkle enough kerosene, whose white-hot open-air combustion can melt steel!

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:55 | 2624216 Stuck on Zero
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The Government will soon announce that 14 terrorists were behind the whole thing.  The site will be cordoned off with armed guards and all the wreckage will be hauled away without an investigation.  Engineers will be banned from the site ...  oh, wait, that's Turkey, not the U.S.


Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:46 | 2624179 monkeyboy
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I heard they found some Syrian passports a couple of blocks away from the burning building totally undamaged...or were they Iranian...might have been Canadian.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:34 | 2623528 Skateboarder
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So what are the freedoms we are giving up for security this time?

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:16 | 2629508 Overfed
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I dunno. Are there any left?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:57 | 2623578 Al Gorerhythm
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It's the surrounding buildings that concern me. They should all start falling soon. I noticed a fire in the dumpster a block away from one of them that should cause imminent collapse.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 08:14 | 2623617 Karl von Bahnhof
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Larry! Just pull it!

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 09:06 | 2623804 Shaktipalooza
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Not possible. Turkey has much more stringent building standards.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:17 | 2624340 Matt
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joking, right? I mean, these are the guys that have whole apartment buildings full of people collapse with sub-6.0 magnitude earthquakes.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:53 | 2623574 Dismal Scientist
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How is this in any way newsworthy for this site ?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 08:53 | 2623756 NidStyles
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Read the comments above yours for reference. 

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:39 | 2624149 Dismal Scientist
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A predictable reaction...surprised not more than -27 when I looked. Merely tells me that not many others thought the article was worth paying attention to.

Lets get back to the doomer economics and collapse of western civilisation meme. So much more to rage against there than the (non)collapse of a Turkish tower block...

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 08:12 | 2623612 kieran1968
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The BBC has announced it has collapsed, so expect it to fall down within the hour.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 08:14 | 2623620 Parabolic
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is that nanothermite i smell?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 08:23 | 2623640 Mitzibitzi
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Oh! I love the smell of nanothermite in the morning!

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 02:56 | 2627186 All Risk No Reward
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BTW, that's free fall *acceleration*, not speed.

Put another way, in order for Building 7 to have fallen evenly at free fall acceleration, a full 10 story cross section of the building would have had to instantaneously vaporized into nothingness.

The key word there is *instantaneously*.  One instant the cross section was there, the enxt there was some minor failures, the next 2 seconds nothing was there - the 10 stories just disappeared as a support.

Think abotut that for a moment.

That is what people are addressing when they say Building 7's fall defies physics.

WTC7: NIST Finally Admits Freefall




Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:11 | 2623476 Dr Benway
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A skyscraper on fire, eh? For some reason it reminds me of that movie where there was a skyscraper on fire.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:32 | 2623522 Itch
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Is that the one that ended with a bearded man being thrown overboard?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:45 | 2623559 bank guy in Brussels
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Film 'The Towering Inferno', 1974, with Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Fred Astaire, Faye Dunaway and many more

Great line from the Paul Newman character at the end, responding to a thought about what to do with the smoking remains of the giant burning building:

« ... I don't know. Maybe they just oughta leave it the way it is. Kind of a shrine to all the bullshit in the world.»

Here is the movie trailer


And here is the imdb (Internet Movie DataBase) page, with all the details and more quotes


Tue, 07/17/2012 - 08:04 | 2623590 slackrabbit
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Nah I think he's thinking of a more recent one - in HD

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 08:46 | 2623732 shovelhead
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My father in law was one of the fireman hired as extras on that movie. Even made one of the publicity stills with Steve McQueen. He was the guy in the oxygen mask. Almost famous...lol.

He thought getting paid to drink beer with Newman and McQueen was a pretty good gig.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 15:12 | 2625285 tony wilson
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your a filthy liar..

no way mcqueen and newman understood structural engineering.

if anything those guys would of gone along with the  mit engineers  and the commission report.

this was nothing to do with the jews it is simple metalurgical LAW.

aviation fuel is hotter than the sun.

so stop your conspiracy stuff about butch cassidy and john bullet

keep your lies at home and leave the truth telling to your heroic government

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 15:20 | 2625331 akak
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His a filthy liar?


Perhaps your argument would have more weight if you had any grasp of third-grade-level English grammar, including knowing that sentences begin with a capital letter and end with some form of punctuation.

Why should anyone take seriously the comments of a near-illiterate?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:12 | 2623477 q99x2
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Where's Rumsfeld?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:16 | 2623491 Disenchanted
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That's an unknown known....Wait...you fool me once, we can't be fooled again. Shit that's not it either.


ah fuck it!

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:54 | 2624214 AssFire
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fool me twice??

Well, then you have some really big tits.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:12 | 2623478 bigkahuna
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When is it going to collapse?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:13 | 2623480 spinone
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shouldnt it have collapsed into its own basement by now?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:36 | 2623537 rufusbird
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Only if the basement is full of gold...

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:39 | 2623549 my puppy for prez
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Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:13 | 2623481 Disenchanted
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I guess we should have hired Turkey to rebuild the WTC complex. We now know their highrises can withstand fires without collapsing into their own footprint. s/

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:13 | 2623482 New_Meat
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"Steel doesn't melt" Rosie O'Donnell

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 08:41 | 2623710 General Decline
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Really? I guess I'm going to sell my oxy-acetelyne torches now. They're useless to me.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:02 | 2624266 Mad Max
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You might notice that those are oxygen-acetylene, not air-kerosene or air-office paper?

Have you ever melted steel over an open-air fire of phone books and loose paper?

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 22:17 | 2630542 FeralSerf
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Oxy-acetylene torches do not cut steel by melting it.  The steel actually burns.  After the steel gets to ignition temperature (quite high) the acetylene can be turned off and the (pure) oxygen does the job by itself.  This is not very similar to what happens when kerosene and air (at normal pressure) burns in contact with steel.  The temperature of an oxy-acetylene flame is also much higher than the temperature of a kerosene and air flame.

Do you wonder why kerosene-air heaters don't melt?  It's because they don't get hot enough.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 07:48 | 2627459 New_Meat
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I guess I should have put </sarc> in, but after all, it was Rosie running her mouth.  Hooke's Law and building design in the plastic region are beyond her.

- Ned

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:14 | 2623484 grunk
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Hillary Clinton will blame it on Syria.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:14 | 2623487 Herodotus
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A Syrian HVAC subcontractor had recently been observed doing work in the building.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:18 | 2623499 Disenchanted
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'Syrian' HVAC contractor that was cleared by the Israeli 'security' team at the building...a company such as ICTS maybe?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 08:02 | 2623587 slackrabbit
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GE make air conditioners...just saying



Tue, 07/17/2012 - 08:24 | 2623649 Mitzibitzi
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They make military aircraft engines, too. What a fuckin' coincidence!

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 08:34 | 2623684 Zero Debt
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Sprinkler installation done by a company from Athens.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:16 | 2623492 shokdee
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Golly, those flames look huge! I really hope the steel doesn't melt and weaken the structure so that it pancakes into a cloud of dust.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 07:16 | 2623495 Bogdog
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