Accession Number: C.2011.179.29
Dimensions: 120 in X 96 in X 312 in
Dimensions (Metric): 304.8 cm X 243.84 cm X 792.48 cm
Credit Line: Recovered from the World Trade Center site after September 11, 2001
Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum, Courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Destroyed FDNY Engine 21 fire truck recovered from Ground Zero. The front of the vehicle shows signs of being heavily burned. Other parts of the truck show scorch marks, heavy rusting, melting, and deformation. The interior of the truck was entirely gutted by fire.
FDNY Engine Company 21, quartered in midtown Manhattan on East 40th Street, was dispatched to the World Trade Center after hijacked Flight 175 struck the South Tower. With their rig parked beneath an elevated walkway, Engine Company 21 firefighters joined the rescue effort in the North Tower. They pried open the doors of an elevator in the lobby, freeing a woman who had been trapped inside. They then proceeded to the 24th floor in one of the only elevators known to have remained operational after hijacked Flight 11 hit the building.
The company’s rig was parked on Vesey Street under a pedestrian overpass, with the cab exposed. The front of the vehicle was damaged by flaming debris.