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Man dies following 4-alarm fire at Trump Tower in N.Y.

By MEREDITH MAZZILLI
Reuters

April 07. 2018 8:10PM
First responders work on a fire at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York City, April 7, 2018. (REUTERS/Catherine Koppel)

A fire can be seen at Trump Tower in New York April 7, 2018, in this still image from video obtained from social media. (Michael Lukiman/via REUTERS)

NEW YORK -- 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.

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 officials said no other member of the Trump family was in the building at the time, either.

"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 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. 


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