Comparison of witness accounts to Rodriguez story: Burn injuries

"And through it all, he now asks a simple question everybody should be asking? How could a jetliner hit 90 floors above and burn a man’s arms and face to a crisp in the basement below within seconds of impact?

Rodriguez claims this was impossible and clearly demonstrates a controlled demolition brought down the WTC, saying 'Let’s see them (the government) try to wiggle out of this one.'"
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"My feeling is that explosions in the basements are what set these people on fire & wrecked the lobbies." Source

Rodriguez made an audio recording of an interview with Jose Sanchez, who was burned by the fireball on the B4 level. Note how he omits a crucial detail when quoting Sanchez in 2006:
In 2006, at the American Scholars 9/11 conference: "We were cleaning the basement from the tower of the World Trade Center. We heard something like a bomb, and the light turned off. At the exit door there was this ball of fire that came down and knocked us on the floor. We were hit by hot air and the room was full of smoke. At that moment I believed it was a bomb. I said, “Chino, let’s get out of here.” I can’t get out because – his leg was wounded. I know there was an explosion, there was hot air, my hair got burned." Source (video)

In 2005: “It sounded like a bomb and the lights went on and off,” said Sanchez in the tape recording. “We started to walk to the exit and a huge ball of fire went through the freight elevator. The hot air from the ball of fire dropped Chino to the floor and my hair got burned,” said Sanchez in the tape recording. “The room then got full of smoke and I remember saying out loud ‘I believe it was a bomb that blew up inside the building.’

“I said ‘Chino, let’s go we gotta get out of here.’ But Chino was wounded and told me he needed help. I remember him saying that the hot air came with such force that it broke his leg. We finally went out through another exit and his leg and knee were both broken.” Source
Rodriguez describes Felipe David's injuries:
"He was burned terribly," said Rodriguez. "The skin was hanging off his hands and arms. His injuries couldn’t have come from the airplane above, but only from a massive explosion below." Source
Yet many people suffered similar burns from fireballs in the towers, and they do not claim that the source of the fireballs was anything but the aviation fuel. I've said this before and I'll keep saying it until Rodriguez understands it: if a person was close enough to a demolition charge or large high explosive to be burned by it, he or she would also be blown apart by it.* Video of a TNT blast
 
For a detailed analysis of the effects of different explosives on the human body, see "Blast Injuries: Preparing for the Inevitable." Emergency Medicine Practice, Volume 8, Number 4. April, 2006(pdf). 
 
Most of the surviving victims of the flash burns in the towers were able to leave the buildings under their own power. But their burns were severe and several, including Felipe David and Harry Waizer, had to be put in induced comas in the hospital.
…Larry King: Was your face burning?

Harry Waizer: It wasn't burning. I got hit by a fireball that just -- if you can imagine a barbecue grill with too much gas, that just suddenly explodes, that's what I had. It just hit me in the face, then it was gone.

...I saw the look on many of those faces turn to sympathy or horror as they saw me. At one point I noticed a large flap of skin hanging off my arm. I did not look any further. Source

Even as people streamed down the stairs, the cracks were appearing in the walls as the building shuddered and cringed. Steam pipes burst, and at one point an elevator door burst open and a man fell out, half burned alive, his skin hanging off. People dragged him out of the elevator and helped get him out of the building to the doctors below. Source

She (Virginia DiChiara ) was gradually realizing how grave her condition truly was, and beginning to feel it as well. “I’m in so much pain,” she said. Schonbrun was horrified. “The skin was peeled off her arms,” he says. “You knew this woman was in trouble.” ... Some people were visibly shocked when they saw DiChiara, with her matted hair, singed eyebrows, beet-red face caked with soot and arms shedding skin. Source (Scroll down on that page to read about DiChiara’s hospitalization and recovery.)

David Frank: I caught my first glimpse of her on the staircase above me. She was in her late 20's early 30's. She turned the corner towards us. Two or three people behind her. She walked like a zombie. Eyes straight ahead. Expressionless. Clothes burned off of half her body. Third degree burns. Skin falling off her arms, neck and face. Her blond hair caked in gray slime. Fully ambulatory. Totally in shock. What appreciation I have for shock now! Source

Frank again: About 15 minutes later, a second woman came down. It was bizarre. She looked almost the same age, height, weight, hair color, burns, emotionless expression. Shock. Source

Judith Toppin: I watched in horror as a woman I knew who worked on the 88th floor came crashing past us going down the stairs. She passed us in a flash but not fast enough for us not to notice that all of the skin on her back had been burnt off, and had rolled up to her neck like some macabre necklace. Source

Brian St. Clair: Some floors below, we all make room for some burn victims to descend past us. There are two of them. They are black from the burned jet fuel. They look numb. The first looks relatively better though he holds his arms in front in obvious pain. The second is an African American woman with blistered and almost "melted" patches on her face. A large swath of her arm looks Caucasian where her pigmented skin was burned off. Sheets of it look like they will soon follow. Source

North tower basement, Kenneth Johannemann: The elevator door flew open, and a guy stumbled out, and he was badly burned. He was a delivery guy. The skin from his wrist was hanging down past his fingertips. Source

..."The lift door exploded open. there was a man inside half burnt. His skin was hanging off. Source

"What happened was, I was down in the basement, all of sudden we heard a loud bang. And the elevator doors blew open, some guy was burnt up, so I dragged him out, his skin was all hanging off, so I dragged him out and pulled him out in the parking lot [inaudible]" Source

Doctors at the burn center said many victims suffered from serious third-degree burns. Doctors told CNN Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta that contact for just one second with something heated to 155 degrees will result in a third-degree burn.

"Doctors believed these balls of fire were up to 1,000 degrees, engulfing and literally incinerating people," Gupta said.

The burn victims now face a long and often excruciating recovery. The recovery period for burn patients is estimated as the same number of days as the percent of the body burned, Gupta said.

"So, for those that have 50 to 60 percent burns on their body, they'll probably be in the hospital for two months getting skin grafts, getting physical therapy," he said. Source

*Keep in mind that conspiracists claim the purpose of the "bomb" in the basement was to damage the massive lower level columns in the towers. Karl Koch III, whose company erected the steel for the towers, wrote in Men of Steel that 60% of the tower steel was in the bottom 15 stories, including the six basement levels. These were truly massive understructures. I have seen no evidence of the basement explosion causing any structural damage, much less damage to the huge core columns. As is evident in the TNT video above, high explosives produce blast damage far outside the radius of their relatively small fireballs. The larger the fireball, the larger the blast radius. Further, in order for a fireball to propagate or travel a distance such as down an elevator shaft, it needs to have fuel available for combustion for the duration of its travel. The nature of a high explosive is that its fuel is used up extremely rapidly in detonation: otherwise it would be inefficient and not a high explosive. Conspiracists are reminded to be careful of comparisons with car and truck bombs which, in addition to an explosive device, contain the liquid fuel that runs the vehicle and produces a fireball.