This bears an uncomfortable resemblance to what happened to the World Trade Center. It was the fire, after all, that ultimately brought those two buildings down.
LinkMADRID, Spain (AP) - Spanish authorities have ordered a section of Madrid's business district closed Monday following an intense fire that heavily damaged one of the city's tallest skyscapers, leaving it still standing but unstable.
The fire, which left seven people slightly injured, broke out in the 32-story Windsor building on Saturday at about 11:20 p.m. Thick smoke and searing temperatures prevented firefighters from entering the building and getting the fire under control until late Sunday.
The office tower was heavily damaged but did not collapse, as had been feared. However, officials said it was unstable and closed the area around the building.
"What worries us now is its structural state because of the high temperatures it was subjected to,'' Merardo Tudelo, director of the Madrid Municipal Firefighters, told reporters.
...Hours earlier, several top floors collapsed onto lower ones. Firefighter official Fernando Munilla expressed concern that the entire building - which at about 350 feet high is among the 10 tallest in Madrid - could collapse.
"If the partial collapses keep happening, it would be lying to say it's impossible that the whole building couldn't fall down,'' he said.