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Trump Tower Caught on Fire, With One Death Reported

Trump Tower, President Donald Trump’s midtown Manhattan skyscraper, caught on fire on Saturday.

It is, as of yet, unclear how or why flames are engulfing the side of the 58-story building. But video posted to Twitter shows New Yorkers gathered to see flame shoot out one end of the tower, which just as quickly drew a strong New York Fire Department response. At one point, flaming debris appeared to explode out of windows and fall to the ground. [See update below.]

 

Fire in Trump Tower worsening pic.twitter.com/6T1VsOCsuP

— Peter Thomas Roth (@PeterThomasRoth) April 7, 2018

 

Though initial indications were that no injuries were reported, the FDNY later tweeted that at least one civilian sustained a “serious injury.” Per CBS, the FDNY also said four firefighters sustained minor injuries.

 

Flames and lots of smoke coming from Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in Manhattan #trumptower @BBC @GuardianUS @nytimes @CNNpic.twitter.com/NpeUoW1ktm

— Andrew Spender (@caspender) April 7, 2018

 

#FDNY members are on scene of a 3-alarm fire at 721 5th Ave Manhattan. There are currently no injuries reported pic.twitter.com/PKuPZBu70E

— FDNY (@FDNY) April 7, 2018

 

#FDNY members remain on scene of a 4-alarm fire, 721 5th Ave in Manhattan. There is currently one serious injury to a civilian reported. (Photo credit: @nycoempic.twitter.com/0Smiljyupg

— FDNY (@FDNY) April 7, 2018

 

Trump tweeted at 6:42pm ET thanking firefighters and reassuring the public that the fire was “out” and “very confined (well built building).”

 

Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2018

 

AP photos showed firefighters on scene and looking out the building’s shattered windows, the blaze apparently extinguished.

The aftermath of a blaze at Trump Tower on April 7th, 2018.
Photo: AP

It’s the second time this year that Trump Tower has caught on fire. In January, vents on the roof burst into flame after an electrical issue, resulting in at least three injures, though the FDNY referred to the situation as “quick, easy, and routine.”

Update, March 8th, 2018 at 10:15am ET: Per CNN, authorities have now escalated the toll of the fire to one death, six injuries. 67-year-old art dealer Todd Brassner, a tenant, died after the fire when firefighters pulled him from the room unconscious. Authorities now say the fire was not ruled under control until 9pm ET, over two hours after Trump reassured the public that the fire was over.

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