Details Emerge in Trump Tower Fire that Left One Dead, Six Injured

Saul Bowman
April 9, 2018

Some surrounding streets from Trump Tower were closed during the incident.

Video posted on social media showed flames pouring out of some windows of the building. The Medical Examiner's office will determine the cause of death.

Brassner was unconscious and unresponsive when firefighters pulled him out, the New York Police Department said.

A firefighter looks out from the window of a fire damaged apartment in Trump Tower in NY on Saturday, April 7, 2018. "The apartment was quite large and 50 stories up", he said. Firemen (and women) did a great job.

The four firefighters also suffered smoke inhalation in the blaze, but were expected to recover. "THANK YOU!" Mr Trump tweeted.

Still, Trump said at the time that he would spend $3 million to outfit Trump World's 370 units with sprinklers because it would make tenants feel safer, according to a New York Times article from the era.

The fire was contained to the 50th floor of the tower, located on Fifth Avenue in NY.

The all came in just before 6 pm Saturday and within minutes, about 200 firefighters and EMS workers arrived on scene. Two people were injured in the fire, which officials said may have been caused by electrical heaters inside the cooling tower.


Toss Brassner, 67, died in hospital after flames and black plumes of smoke were seen billowing from his plush apartment on the 50th floor.

Mr Trump responded to the fire via Twitter.

As the New York Dailiy News points out, Trump has previously fought legislation that would require buildings in New York City to require sprinklers.

A fire also broke out at the building in January.

The fire was still not considered to be under control then because of smoke conditions above the 50th floor, Nigro said Saturday.

"It was a very frightful experience. there was no evacuation system in place. we were at a loss of what to do", she said.

Trump Tower opened in 1983, and only has sprinklers on the first 10 floors, which have commercial tenants. "All we could do is put wet towels under the door and pray".

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