Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

NY Fire Dept responds to fire at Trump Tower

NY Fire Dept responds to fire at Trump Tower

Updated| One man is dead and seven firefighters injured after a fire broke out in Trump Tower, New York, on Saturday. Six firefighters also suffered minor injuries.

The fire started in an apartment on the building's 50th floor.

The person who died lived in the apartment that caught fire.

At a press conference Sunday, New York fire commissioner Daniel Nigro said the apartment was "virtually entirely on fire" when firefighters arrived. "If you look at the fire deaths in NY, nearly all of them are in one- or two-family houses". As you can imagine, the apartment is quite large, we are 50 storeys up.

Footage posted on social media showed a vast amount of smoke billowing from multiple windows, with at least five fire engines spotted in Fifth Avenue.

Trump praised the building's construction as a "well built building" and lauded firefighters who managed to put out the blaze on Saturday. His apartment, 50C, which is a little more than ten floors below President Trump's penthouse, was valued at $2.5 million. Six firefighters were also injured in the fire, ABC reported.

Before the announcement of a fatality, President Donald Trump tweeted praise of the FDNY along with an apparently premature claim that the fire was out, and reassurance that Trump Tower was a "well built building". "Firemen (and women) did a great job", the president wrote on Twitter at 6:42 p.m.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

The first ever fire at Trump Tower was in 1982, when the top floor caught fire in what the fire chief then called 'definitely, absolutely, positively arson'. Trump, the Times reported, called city officials in NY to argue that the sprinkler systems were too expensive-costing up to $4 per square foot and potentially thousands per apartment. A man who was in the apartment that caught fire was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries, officials said.

This story was updated on April 8 to include information on Donald Trump's opposition to measures requiring high rise buildings to be installed with sprinkler systems.

Fire at Trump Tower is out.

A residential unit is pictured following a fire at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 7, 2018.

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