FDNY probes cause of fatal fire at Trump Tower

Lawrence Kim
April 9, 2018

Todd Brassner, 67, died in a New York Metropolis hospital after firefighters pulled him from a burning Trump Tower condo, authorities stated.

Water sprinklers are not installed in Trump Tower.

New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the cause of the blaze is not yet known but the apartment was "virtually entirely on fire" when firefighters arrived after 5:30 p.m.

Trump Tower residents said Brassner was quiet but well-liked.

Sixty-seven-year-old Todd Brassner, who was in the apartment, was taken to a hospital and died a short time later.

The FDNY tells DailyMail.com six firefighters also sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Todd Brassner was named as the only victim on the fire. Very confined (well built building).

The blaze broke out roughly three months after two people were injured in a fire at the President's flagship property.

Mr Trump, who was in Washington DC, tweeted: 'Firemen (and women) did a great job.

He made no reference to the victim of the blaze. Some fire-safety advocates pushed for a requirement that older apartment buildings be retrofitted with sprinklers when New York City passed a law requiring them in new residential highrises in 1999, but officials in the administration of then-mayor Rudy Giuliani said that would be too expensive.

When asked if the president's assessment of the building being well built was accurate, Nigro said, 'It's a well built building.

The president tweeted a thank you to first responders on Saturday shortly after the fire started, praising the integrity of his building.

Sprinklers were not present in the upper level of Trump Tower.

Explaining how his team tackled the situation he continued, 'This was a very hard fire. As you can imagine, the apartment is quite large, we are 50 stories up. Some smoke reached the rest of the building, whether it's in the apartment, I don't know right now.

According to Nigro, 200 firefighters and EMS personnel responded to the scene.

Trump's business is based at Trump Tower and his residence is there, but he has spent little time in the city since taking office.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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