NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A man has died of his injuries following a four-alarm fire at Trump Tower.

The FDNY responded to an automatic alarm that sounded on the 50th floor of the high-rise on Fifth Avenue shortly after 5:30 p.m. Saturday. 

“We were smelling the smoke, and it was really scary, and we had to leave the store,” one witness told CBS2’s Lisa Rozner.

“I saw like a load of debris smashing windows, and then that’s when they were like you’ve got to get out,” said witness Will Hammonds.

“Then all of a sudden, as we were going up the escalator, there was this massive noise,” a woman added. 

The FDNY said 200 firefighters and EMS workers responded within minutes.

“The apartment was virtually entirely on fire. They pushed in heroically, they were knocking down the fire, they found one occupant of the apartment on the 50th floor,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

The victim, identified as 67-year-old Todd Brassner, was rushed to Mount Sinai West hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Six firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The fire commissioner said two were burned in the blaze. 

Nigro also said there were no members of the First Family home at the time, and Secret Service members were checking the family’s residence for smoke damage.

President Donald Trump posted on Twitter, saying the fire is out.

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

Eric Trump tweeted, as well, thanking first responders.

“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!” he posted.

Late Saturday night, the flames were under control, but crews were still on the scene checking on smoke conditions.

The fire also forced road closures in the area.

This comes about three months after another fire broke out in a cooling tower on the roof of the high-rise, which houses both residences and businesses. Two people suffered minor injuries.

The cause of Saturday’s fire is under investigation.

Comments (9)
  1. while I feel sorry for the man who died, what really concerns me is the six firefighters who were injured.
    This is a highrise without ANY sprinkers in the residential upper floors — because Trump lobbied against laws that would make sprinklers mandatory. How many of these first responders would have suffered no injuries if there had been sprinkers to suppress the blaze? Indeed, sprinklers might have extinguished the fire in its early stages.

  2. dead man is just in, did he set the fire??

  3. dear Donald…please mention the dead person…first

    1. Dear Christine Craft…no one knew anyone had died when Trump first sent the tweet. Stupid brain dead liberal.

      1. Angie Blair says:

        Typical Republican who doesn’t look up facts. TMZ reported one person died over 6 hours ago… Trumps tweet was after news came out that someone had passed and others were injured. MURICA

      2. Angie Blair says:

        N/M I did more research and maybe because our time zones are different it was a bit confusing. It looks like Trump did tweet about the building before the statement was released about the person who had passed away. His twitter says he tweeted 6 hours ago but when I click into it, it says he tweeted at 3:42, yet it states it’s 6 hours old. Yet in the box above it shows a image of Trumps tweet and it says it was made at 5:42 pm which would be 6 hours central time. So… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

        1. Still waiting on your “Typical republican” retraction. Maybe after you’ve finished removing the egg from your face.

          1. Liberals don’t apologize and are generally some of the most miserably, divisive people alive; she’s not going to retract anything.

        2. You really should do your research. TMZ is hardly the website I would have looked for information about anything other than the Kardashians on.

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