History Channel 'Expert' Claims WTC 7 Fires Began Before Either WTC Tower Collapsed

Aidan Monaghan

Structural engineer Matthys Levy, one of several so called "expert" opinions cited in the "History Channel" documentary "9/11 Conspiracies: Fact Or Fiction", makes the following claim regarding WTC building 7, during the programs 2nd hour.

Matthys Levy: "The initial fires started around 9:30 in the morning."

Fires in WTC 7 are said to have been caused by debris from the collapsing WTC tower 1, which did not fall until 10:28am.

Levy, was chairman for Weidlinger Associates, one of several firms recruited after 9/11, by Silverstein Properties to assist in its $7 billion WTC insurance claim.

Is this "History Channel" expert simply wrong about basic information concerning WTC 7 or is he aware of information that is not widely known?

In 2002, Levy discusses in detail why the WTC tower collapses resembled a controlled demolition, during the PBS documentary "Why The Towers Fell". Then during the 2007 History Channel documentary "9/11 Conspiracies: Fact Or Fiction", Levy then assures the viewer that what appears to be a controlled demolition, is not.

(Videos courtesy of ‘Gideon 524’ and ‘Pepe Lapiu’, at the ‘Loose Change’ forum.)

How the hell did it catch on fire at 9:30 in the morning?

Did he mean to say 10:30, when the first Tower was brought down? Otherwise, the idea that some plane debris that hit a building that was two buildings away and 50 stories up and across the street just doesn't fly (no pun intended).

He Should Clarify His Statement

It's hard for me to believe that he is wrong about such a fundamental fact.

This information causes me to wonder about WTC 7's fire safety system being in test mode for the entire day.

Although, I used to operate a 'Simplex' fire safety system in the following 52 story building (One Mellon Center, Pgh. PA) about 10 years ago and putting these systems in test mode for hours at a time was not unusual, in order to perform various construction work and not have the fire department summoned every time construction equipment activated a detector.

But he needs clarify his statement. 9:30am was surely an eastern time reference.