One Killed in Apartment Fire at Trump Tower in New York

A residential unit’s exterior is pictured following a fire at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York City, April 7, 2018.

(VOA News | NEW YORK) — One man was killed and six firefighters received minor injuries in an apartment fire on the 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York on Saturday, in a blaze that was quickly extinguished, fire officials said.

The victim, Todd Brassner, 67, was found unresponsive and unconscious in his 50th floor apartment and was pronounced dead at an area hospital, police said.

No information about the cause of the fire was available late Saturday night.

President Donald Trump, who has an office and a private residence in the midtown Manhattan structure, was not in the building at the time.

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

Fire officials have not yet released a suspected cause of the blaze, adding no member of the Trump family was in the building at the time.

“This was a very difficult fire. As you can imagine, the apartment is quite large, we are 50 stories up. The rest of the building had a considerable amount of smoke,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said on Twitter.

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