The 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York City is currently in flames. The Fire Department of New York reported the Trump Tower fire at 6:14 p.m. EST.
“FDNYalerts MAN 2-ALARM 721 5 AVE, HIGH RISE (TRUMP TOWER) FIRE ON 50TH FLR,” the Fire Department of New York City reported in a tweet. A later tweet read that three alarms had gone off in the building.
The New York Police Department has reported that the area near 5th Avenue and West 57th Street would experience police presence and traffic closures due to the fire.
On Saturday, Twitter users posted videos of the Trump Tower fire, showing visible flames from a window of a floor halfway up the building.
Fire in Trump Tower worsening pic.twitter.com/6T1VsOCsuP
— Peter Thomas Roth (@PeterThomasRoth) April 7, 2018
— Bright.Bazaar (@brightbazaar) April 7, 2018
— Sotiri Dimpinoudis Ⓥ (@sotiridi) April 7, 2018
UPDATE: April 8: One man, a resident of the building’s 50th floor named Todd Brassner, 67, perished in the fire, and six firefighters were injured. The medical examiner’s office is reportedly working to determine the cause of his death.
The Fire Department of New York ruled the Trump Tower fire was under control around 9 p.m. But there seems to be some discrepancy as to timing, as the below tweet from Donald Trump claimed the fire was “out” much earlier. (Trump also used the opportunity to brag about his building, which for some reason does not contain a sprinkler system.
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
No members of the Trump family were present in the building during the Trump Tower fire.