Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Blaze At Trump Tower In New York Kills One Civilian, Injures Firefighters

Blaze At Trump Tower In New York Kills One Civilian, Injures Firefighters

An elderly man died late Saturday and four firefighters were injured after a blaze erupted on the 50th floor of Trump Tower in NY, officials said.

Trump told the New York Times that he had modified his views and would install sprinklers in Trump World Tower residential units at the cost of $3 million because it made people feel safer.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a press conference four firefighters received "non-life-threatening" injuries, two with burns and two with other kinds of injuries.

When asked if the president's assessment of the building being well built was accurate, Nigro said, 'It's a well built building. "The rest of the building had a considerable amount of smoke".

Around 45 minutes later, Mr Trump took to Twitter to praise firefighters for their response, saying they had extinguished the blaze.

This is the second time that a fire broke out in the 72-story building at Manhattan this year. Firemen (and women) did a great job.

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.

Trump Tower's fire-suppression systems were up to code, and there were no violations witnessed, an FDNY source said. Despite the raging fire responding firefighters entered the apartment where they found the victim. The New York Fire Department was able to keep the conflagration contained. One man died in the blaze, and four firefighters were injured.

Trump Tower opened in 1984.

The FDNY tweeted just before 8 p.m. ET the fire was "under control".

Trump's son Eric Trump hailed the first responders as "truly some of the most incredible people anywhere" for extinguishing a fire "in a residential apartment". Trump, the Times reported, called city officials in NY to argue that the sprinkler systems were too expensive-costing up to $4 per square foot and potentially thousands per apartment.

The cause of the fire is unclear.

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