Deadly fire in Trump Tower in Manhattan

Randolph Lopez
April 9, 2018

NY authorities say one person died after a fire broke out in an apartment at the city's Trump Tower on the evening of April 7.

A man who was in the apartment that caught fire was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries, officials said.

Brassner was unconscious and unresponsive when firefighters pulled him out, the New York Police Department said.

Todd Brassner was the 67-year-old art dealer who died in Saturday's Trump Tower inferno.

It has since emerged that he had struggled financially and filed for bankruptcy in 2015.

The president tweeted a thank you to first responders on Saturday shortly after the fire started, praising the integrity of his building.

"The fire was contained to the 50th floor of the tower, located on Fifth Avenue in New York", CNN continued.

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Two decades before he was president, Trump got political when he spent thousands of dollars lobbying City Council members not to pass the bill - because it would be too expensive for his apartment buildings. That one was characterized as an electrical fire, and was mostly confined to the building's roof.

Nigro later said the fire wasn't fully under control, around an hour after Trump tweeted the fire was out, as the fire commissioner said there was still smoke in the building.

In all, six firefighters - of the roughly 200 or so who had responded - suffered minor injuries fighting the blaze, Nigro said. "Firemen (and women) did a great job", the president wrote on Twitter at 6:42 p.m.

The fire on Saturday was the second at Trump Tower this year, with the first happening on January 8, which injured three people, including one firefighter.

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

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. "As you can imagine, the apartment is quite large, we are 50 stories up", Nigro said. Members pushed in heroically, they were knocking down the fire, ' Nigro added.

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