Agency that studied fall of Twin Towers in line to probe collapse of condo near Miami Beach
Clouds of smoke rise from fires at the World Trade Center Towers as a result of terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 (Dan Howell / Shutterstock.com)

SURFSIDE, Fla. — A team of scientists and engineers from an obscure federal agency that investigated the fall of the Twin Towers after 9/11 arrived Friday at the site of the partially collapsed residential tower in Surfside. Their goal: to decide whether to launch a full investigation into the catastrophe, and then to begin the painstaking process of determining what went wrong. The National Institute of Standards and Technology, a little-known sub-agency of the Department of Commerce, investigates disasters that result in — or had the potential to result in — “substantial loss of life,” accor...