The Brighter Side
There was the phone call telling me to turn on the television, and then the disbelief, the shock, the grief as I watched buildings with thousands of people inside crumble and collapse to the ground.
What I and millions of other people wanted was information. But there were few sources, and nothing could be done by those of us on the sidelines.
Out of respect I hesitate to compare the Fourmile fire to the 9/11 attacks. But there are some parallels.
Communication technology, both successful and failed, was a significant part of the 9/11 story. We'll never forget the final phone calls from the hijack and tower victims, the loss of the network broadcast towers when the North Tower collapsed, or the overloading of the cell networks.