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1 Dead After Fire Erupts on 50th Floor of Trump Tower: FDNY

A man died after a fire erupted in an apartment at Trump Tower in Midtown on Saturday evening, according to a senior law enforcement official. The FDNY said four firefighters suffered burns and other non-life-threatening injuries in addition to the man, an occupant of the apartment who had been in critical condition following the blaze.  Canada Mourns: 15 Die When Truck, Hockey Team Bus Collide Firefighters responded to an automatic alarm after the fire broke out in a large apartment on the 50th floor of the tower, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said at a press conference. A barage of fire trucks could be seen surrounding the Fifth Avenue building shortly after the blaze started around 5:30 p.m. Videos on social media show thick, black smoke and flames rising from the building as people watch below. Calif. Boy Thanks ‘Heroes’ for Rescuing Him From Sewer Nigro said “the apartment was virtually, entirely on fire” when firefighters arrived. “They were knocking down the fire, they found one occupant,” Nigro said. “He is in critical condition. He has been removed to St. Luke’s Hospital.” FEMA: Puerto Rico Running Out of Time as Storm Season Nears The commissioner said the cause of the fire is not yet known.Shortly before 8 p.m., the FDNY tweeted that the fire was under control. [[479062113, C]]President Donald Trump has an office and a home in the building, but he was not in New York on Saturday. Nigro said the Secret Service checked the president’s residence at some point.Trump reacted to the fire on Twitter, saying: “Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!”Melania Trump and the couple’s son, Barron Trump, were both in Washington, D.C., according to the first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham. Trump’s son, Eric Trump, also took to Twitter to thank firefighters and police for their quick response. “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!”NBC News has reached out to the Secret Service for comment.[[479062223, C]]Photo Credit: @PeterThomasRoth/Twitter This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
Source: NBC San Diego

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