Fire at Trump Tower leaves one person seriously injured

One person has reportedly died and four firefighters have been injured after a fire out in a Trump Tower apartment in NY.

On Sunday, The New York Daily News pointed out that Trump led the charge against a bid by city officials to consider installing sprinklers in all residential buildings, following after fatal fires in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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.

However, Brassner had filed for bankrupcy in 2015 after dealing with a series of issues that caused him to fall in arrears on his mortgage.

"Very confined (well built building)", Trump tweeted Saturday, about an hour after the fire broke out.

By the time firefighters arrived at the 50th floor of the building, they found "the apartment was entirely on fire, " New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Saturday.

Nigro added that the firefighters had some difficulties with the fire since the apartment was "quite large" and was located "50 stories up".


The FDNY tweeted just before 8 p.m. ET the fire was "under control".

Firefighters were called to the building only three months ago when a cooling tower on the roof went up in flames. The medical examiner's office will determine his cause of death.

Four firefighters suffered less serious injuries, Mr Nigro said.

The bill was later passed in March 1999 allowing buildings built before that year to not have sprinklers unless there were major renovations. "THANK YOU!", Trump tweeted. Fireman (and women) did a great job.

The upper-level residential floors are not equipped with fire sprinklers, according to Nigro.

A fire in a 50th-floor apartment at Trump Tower killed a man inside and sent flames and thick, black smoke pouring from windows of the president's namesake skyscraper. Trump Tower opened in 1984.

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

  • Tracy Klein