UPDATE | 1 man dies in apartment fire at Trump Tower in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) — A man was killed in a raging apartment fire today in the New York City skyscraper named for President Donald Trump and where his business is based, officials said.
Commissioner Daniel Nigro said a 50th-floor apartment at Trump Tower was "virtually entirely on fire" when firefighters arrived after 5:30 p.m.
"It was a very difficult fire, as you can imagine," Nigro said in a briefing outside the building in midtown Manhattan. "The apartment is quite large."
A 67-year-old man who was in the apartment was taken to a hospital and died a short time later, the New York Police Department said. His name was not immediately released.
Officials said four firefighters suffered minor injuries.
Nigso said the cause of the fire was not known.
Trump tweeted that the fire was "Very confined (well built building)."
Asked if that assessment was accurate, Nigro said, "It's a well-built building. The upper floors, the residence floors, are not sprinklered."
Fire sprinklers were not required in New York City highrises when Trump Tower was completed in 1983.
Subsequent updates to the building code required commercial skyscrapers to install the sprinklers retroactively, but owners of older residential highrises are not required to install sprinklers unless the building undergoes major renovations.
The 664-foot Trump Tower has 58 stories, though the top floor is numbered 68.
NEW YORK (AP) — Firefighters remain at the scene of a fire at Trump Tower in New York City.
The fire department says the blaze broke out on the 50th floor shortly before 6 p.m. today. The department says there was one serious injury.
President Donald Trump tweeted about 45 minutes later that the fire was out. Trump says it was "Very confined (well built building)."
Photos posted on Twitter show flames and smoke coming out of windows at the midtown skyscraper.
Trump's business is based at Trump Tower and his residence is there, but he has spent little time in New York since taking office.
Eric Trump, the president's second-oldest son, tweeted the fire was in a residential apartment at the tower.