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Trump Tower fire leaves 1 civilian dead, 4 firefighters hurt: Officials

One resident is dead and four firefighters injured after a four-alarm blaze on the 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York Saturday evening.

Todd Brassner, 67, was pulled unconscious from his apartment in the Midtown skyscraper and rushed to Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital. He was initially listed in critical condition, but pronounced dead later in the evening, according to the NYPD.

Flames and smoke were spotted billowing and debris raining down from the 50th floor of the Trump Tower around 5:30 p.m. Brassner lived in apartment 50C.


Besides the one fatality, four FDNY firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries — two of them burn-related, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said during a press conference.

Brassner was a friend of late artist Andy Warhol and is mentioned several times in the legendary New Yorker’s 1989 autobiography “The Andy Warhol Diaries.”

Nigro said the fire broke out at around 5:30 p.m. and fire engines and ladders were there within five minutes.

It was knocked down in approximately an hour, he said. The FDNY declared the fire under control around 8 p.m.

At its peak, flames raged from the window panes as crumbling pieces of ashen materials could be seen falling from the glass skyscraper onto the pavement below.

Firefighters were sweeping adjacent apartments and stairwells to determine the source of the blaze in one of the skyscraper’s residential apartments, according to fire officials.

There were no evacuations, though some residents left on their own, Nigro confirmed.

Multiple street closures slowed foot and car traffic surrounding the tower, from East 55th Street to East 57th Street from Fifth Avenue to Madison Avenue, according to officials.

President Trump was not in New York City this weekend.

Trump Tower, named for the 45th president, is also the headquarters of The Trump Organization and was the campaign nerve center for Donald Trump when he ran on the GOP ticket in the 2016 predential election.

This is the second fire to spark at the skyscraper in recent months.

Another blaze back on Jan. 9 three people, including a firefighter, were wounded after Secret Service agents spotted flames coming from a heating and cooling unit located on the rooftop of the building.

The president maintains the building’s top three floors as his residential home.

He was in the White House Saturday, far removed from the fire incident.

The U.S. Secret Service has been made aware of the incident, ABC has learned.

Trump praised the building’s construction as a “well built building” and lauded firefighters who managed to put out the blaze on Saturday.

“Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!”

Donald J. Trump


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

FDNY Commissioner Nigro during a press conference also noted that the tower “sure stood up quite well.”

And like his father, Trump’s son Eric Trump hailed the first responders as “truly some of the most incredible people anywhere” for extinguishing a fire “in a residential apartment.”

Eric Trump


Thank you to the amazing men and women of the NYFD who extinguished a fire in a residential apartment at @TrumpTower. The @FDNY and @NYPD are truly some of the most incredible people anywhere! 🇺🇸🇺🇸

The fire on Saturday was the second at Trump Tower this year. A fire broke out in a rooftop heating and cooling unit at the skyscraper on Jan. 8, sending black smoke billowing over the skyline. One firefighter and two building employees suffered minor injuries in that fire.

ABC News’ Ben Stein, Darren Reynolds and Josh Margolin contributed to this report.


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