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Broken and burned windows are seen after a fire broke out on the 50th floor of Trump Tower on April 7, 2018 in New York City. "This is a very hard fire, as you can imagine". "The apartment is quite large".

The man killed in the blaze was identified Sunday as Todd Brassner, 67, who bought the apartment in 1996.

Brassner also spent time with Andy Warhol but later fell on harder financial times. Brassner is mentioned several times in Warhol's posthumously published diaries, with references including lunch dates and shared taxis. He also signed at least one print to him.

One person died, an apartment resident who had been taken to the hospital in critical condition, and four firefighters received non-life-threatening injuries, according to a fire department official. Very confined (well-built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job.

In 1999, Trump lobbied NY councillors against a proposed measure obligating high rise landlords to install sprinkler systems, following a blaze at a property not owned by the then real estate magnate which killed four people. Owners of older residential high-rises such as Trump Tower are not required to install sprinklers unless the building undergoes major renovation, according to the Associated Press. Although, then-mayor and long-time Trump pal Rudy Giuliani ended by passing the regulation, it did not affect the real estate developer as Trump Tower was not required to install sprinklers - because it was built 15 years before the law.




No member of the Trump family was in the building on Saturday.

Son Eric Trump, executive vice president of the Trump Organization, offered similar sentiments to his father, and Don Jr. Fire apartment officials said it was an electrical fire that had originated in the building's heating system. 200 Firefighters and EMS (emergency medical services) members are on scene.

The building was not evacuated, but some residents voluntarily left the building on their own.

President Trump was not in New York City this weekend.

'That's not something we're going to jump to conclusions on, ' he said, adding that it was still very much under investigation.


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