Fire at Trump Tower in NY leaves one dead


The 67-year-old victim, identified as Todd Brassner, was the occupant of a 50th-floor residence where the fire started, WNBC reports.

New York City in 1999 became last big city in the nation to require sprinklers, according to the New York Daily News.

Four fire fighters also faced injuries, but thankfully they were not life-threatening.

"It was a very hard fire, as you can imagine", Nigro told reporters outside the building, in midtown Manhattan. "Firemen (and women) did a great job", the president wrote on Twitter at 6:42 p.m.

Firefighters remained at the scene Sunday, cleaning up after the blaze and trying to determine its cause.

Firefighters who entered his apartment to extinguish the flames reported the place was "virtually entirely on fire".

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Mr Trump's family has an apartment on the top floors of the 58-storey building but he has spent little time in NY since taking office.

"It's a well-built building", Nigro said, adding "The upper floors, the resident floors, are not sprinklered". Trump Tower apartments were built before a sprinkler system was required for NY skyscrapers. The 51-story Manhattan building also had sprinklers, but only on the first 10 floors for commercial tenants. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and died shortly thereafter.

Nigro said that despite a "considerable amount of smoke" spreading throughout the building, the structure had "stood up quite well".

No members of the Trump family were in the tower at the time of the blaze.

Neither Mr. Trump or any of his family were in the building at the time of the fire. He then recanted once the legislation passed with grandfathering provisions that meant existing buildings did not need to install them, saying that he understood they made residents "feel safer".

Brassner - a Trump Tower resident identified by USA media as an art dealer - was pronounced dead after being taken to Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital, according to police, which said the medical examiner's office would determine the cause of death as part of an ongoing investigation.

Smoke reached other parts of the building, according to Nigro.