Blaze on 50th floor of Trump Tower in NY kills 1

Fire breaks out on 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York City

Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro stated that the apartment was "virtually entirely on fire".

"He says about 200 firefighters battled the blaze, with four suffering minor injuries".

President Donald Trump, his wife Melania and son Barron were not in the NY apartment this weekend, where he maintains a three-story penthouse residence.

According to ABC News, the four-alarm fire began at around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 7. "The apartment was quite large and 50 stories up".

Some fire-safety advocates wanted older apartment buildings to be retrofitted with sprinklers when the city began requiring them in new residential high-rises nearly 20 years ago.

Six firefighters were also injured in the blaze. "Firemen (and women) did a great job", the president wrote on Twitter at 6:42 p.m.

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"Todd Brassner, 67, who was in the apartment, was taken to a hospital and died a short time later, the New York Police Department said".

Some fire safety advocates pushed to get a condition that elderly flat buildings be retro fitted with sprinklers if nyc passed a regulation requiring them into fresh residential high rises in 1999, but officials at the administration of then-mayor Rudy Giuliani said that wouldbe overly expensive. That was well after the opening of Trump Tower in February 1983. Firefighters - along with secret service - went to check on the president's apartment in the building. Before moving to the White House, Mr. Trump, the first lady and Barron Trump lived in the triplex penthouse apartment, which occupies sections of floors 56-58, according to Forbes. While there was a "considerable amount of smoke", they have not yet determined whether or not the smoke reached President Trump's unit.

It is not yet known what caused the deadly fire, which is still under investigation. Nigro agreed at the press conference that it's a "well-built building".

Eric Trump stated the fire had actually remained in a cooling tower.

A fire in the tower's heating systems in January sent smoke billowing from the roof and injured three people, none seriously.

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