Deadly fire in Trump Tower in Manhattan

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

NY Trump Tower Fire On 50th Floor Out, One Injured – President Safe In DC

One person has reportedly died and four firefighters were injured in the four-alarm blaze which broke out on the 50th floor.

The skyscraper, owned and built by its namesake Donald Trump, acts as the president's NY home, and was pictured engulfed by billowing black smoke on Saturday evening in the aftermath of the blaze.

President Donald Trump has a home in the tower, but no one was there at the time of the fire. Six firefighters were injured, none seriously, before the blaze was put out.

Donald Trump pushed to block a requirement for fire sprinklers in city high-rises in the late 1990s. Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro stated that the apartment was "virtually entirely on fire".

The Associated Press reported that the owners of older residential buildings such are Trump Tower are not required by law to install the fire safety device.

Trump's family has an apartment on the top floors, but he has spent little time in NY since taking office.

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Nigro said in a press conference that the cause of Saturday's fire is still unclear. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition but later died, said spokeswoman Angelica Conroy of the Fire Department. "The apartment was quite large and 50 stories up". While the rest of the building had a "considerable amount of smoke", it was not immediately clear if it reached Mr. Trump's unit, he said... That was well after the opening of Trump Tower in February 1983.

The Department of Buildings has issued a partial order to vacate residences 50C and 51C, they note, and residents are able to occupy the 55 floor and above or 45 floor and below.

Smoke reached other parts of the building, according to Nigro.

On Sunday, The New York Daily News pointed out that Trump led the charge against a bid by city officials to consider installing sprinklers in all residential buildings, following after fatal fires in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

About 200 firefighters and emergency medical service workers responded to the fire, Nigro said.

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