Trump Tower fire leaves one civilian dead, six firefighters hurt, officials say

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Trump Tower, the mixed residential and business building that sometimes serves as the New York White House when the president is in town, had a fire on its 50th floor today.

One resident told the New York Times she received no notification that the building was on fire or any calls to evacuate.

The official Twitter account of the New York Police Department, NYPD News, advised that the roads near the Trump Tower, particularly in the area of 5th Avenue and West 57 Street, would be closed to prioritize responding emergency vehicles.

Authorities identified the man who died as 67-year-old Todd Brassner, whom the Associated Press reported was an art dealer who purchased the apartment in 1996. He had filed for bankruptcy in recent years.

The President, who owns the 58-storey building, took to Twitter 45 minutes after the fire broke out to praise firefighters and to highlight the structural integrity of his tower.

"The fire was contained to the 50th floor of the tower, located on Fifth Avenue in New York", CNN continued.

"It was a very hard fire, as you can imagine", Mr Nigro said outside the building in midtown Manhattan. The FDNY declared the fire under control around 8 p.m.


Nigro also said the upper floors of the building do not have fire sprinklers and that additional fire protection is required for the building when the President is staying in his unit. Very confined (well built building).

Four of the 200 firefighters who battled the blaze suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Trump continued to tweet through the evening, but never again referenced the fire, and never referenced the deceased or the tenant. Fireman (and women) did a great job.

The skyscraper was opened in 1984 and has no sprinklers on its residential floors - an arrangement required in buildings made after 1999. "The apartment is quite large".

Some residents said they didn't get any notification from building management to leave the building.

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