A man has died and six firefighters have been left injured after a fire broke out on the 50th floor of Trump Tower in Manhattan. FDNY commissioner Daniel Nigro noted on Saturday that the upper, residential floors of Trump Tower do not have sprinklers - a measure required in new buildings since 1999, but which President Trump, then a private citizen and property developer, lobbied to try and prevent.
The four firefighters also suffered smoke inhalation in the blaze, but were expected to recover.
This comes after the president took to Twitter on Saturday, April 7, to declare that the Trump Tower fire was "very contained" in his "well built building". Nigro said no Trump family members were inside at the time.
"The fire is still not considered to be under control because of the smoke conditions on all the floors above". "The apartment is quite large".
Some fire-safety advocates wanted older apartment buildings to be retrofitted with sprinklers when the city began requiring them in new residential high-rises nearly 20 years ago. Firemen (and women) did a great job. The victim, Todd Brassner, 67, was rushed to a hospital and died a short time later, authorities said.
"We found fire on the 50th floor of the building".
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"The president's penthouse residence and the Trump Organization's offices are in Trump Tower, but he's spent little time there since taking office".
The cause of the fire is still unknown. Firefighting crews reportedly checked in on the unit and said it seemed fine.
Meanwhile, Nigro confirmed that no member of the Trump family was inside the 664-foot tower Saturday. Two people were injured in the fire, which officials said may have been caused by electrical heaters inside the cooling tower.
Asked if that assessment was accurate, Nigro said, "It's a well built building".
"The structure sure stood rather well", Nigro stated. About 200 firefighters and emergency medical service workers responded to the fire, he said.