A raging fire that tore through a 50th-floor apartment at Trump Tower killed a man inside and sent flames and thick, black smoke pouring from windows of the president’s namesake skyscraper and Manhattan home. New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the cause of blaze is not yet known but the apartment was ‘virtually entirely on fire’ when firefighters arrived after 5.30pm. ‘It was a very difficult fire, as you can imagine,’ Nigrotold ‘The apartment is quite large.’ Todd Brassner, 67, who was in apartment 50C, was taken to Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital in critical condition and died a short time later, the New York Police Department said. Officials said four irefighters also suffered minor injuries.
Shortly after news of the fire broke, Trump, who was in Washington, tweeted: “Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!”
Some residents said they didn’t get any notification from building management to evacuate.
Lalitha Masson, a 76-year-old resident, called it “a very, very terrifying experience.”