OMG! One Killed in Apartment Fire at Trump Tower in New York

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Damaged windows are seen after a fire in a residential unit at Trump Tower in New York
Damaged windows are seen after a fire broke out in an apartment in Trump Tower in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., April 7, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
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By Meredith Mazzilli
NEW YORK (Reuters)

One man was killed and six firefighters received minor injuries in an apartment fire on the 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York on Saturday, in a blaze that was quickly extinguished, fire officials said

The victim, Todd Brassner, 67, was found unresponsive and unconscious in his 50th floor apartment and was pronounced dead at an area hospital, police said.

No information about the cause of the fire was available late Saturday night.

 

A residential unit is pictured following a fire at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York City
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. REUTERS/Catherine Koppel

 

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has an office and a private residence in the midtown Manhattan structure, was not in the building at the time.

“Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!” Trump tweeted.

Fire officials said no member of the Trump family was in the building at the time.

 

Damaged windows are seen after a fire in a residential unit at Trump Tower in New York
Damaged windows are seen after a fire broke out in an apartment in Trump Tower in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., April 7, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky

 

“This was a very difficult fire. As you can imagine, the apartment is quite large, we are 50 stories up. The rest of the building had a considerable amount of smoke,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said on Twitter.

About 200 fire personnel responded to the incident that the department said was a four-alarm fire.

Video on social media showed flames outside of a few windows and black smoke billowing up from the high-rise.

 

 

In January, three people were injured in an early-morning fire at the top of Trump Tower. One firefighter was hospitalized while two people received minor injuries that were treated at the scene, the New York Fire Department said.

In addition to the president’s 66th-floor penthouse, Trump Tower houses the headquarters of the Trump Organization as well as other residences, offices and stores.

 

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas and Meredith Mazzilli in New York, additional reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta; Editing by Sandra Maler)

 

Smoke rises up from Trump Tower in New York
Smoke rises up from Trump Tower in New York, U.S., April 7, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. [email protected]/via REUTERS

 

Debris falls during a fire at Trump Tower in New York
Debris falls during a fire at Trump Tower in New York, U.S., April 7, 2018 in this still image from video obtained from social media. Twitter @ZionLee_ /via REUTERS

 

First responders work on a fire in a residential unit at Trump tower in the Manhattan borough of New York City
First responders work on a fire in a residential unit at Trump tower in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 7, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky