One Dead in Trump Tower Fire
The fire was contained hours after it had initially been reported.
The Fire Department of New York is reporting that one person has died in a fire that tore through an apartment on the 50th floor of Trump Tower on Saturday. Four firefighters have suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the FDNY.
An FDNY spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter that the fire was contained around 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.
In an update on the fire given by Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro near 8 p.m. on Saturday, the commissioner said that 200 firefighters and EMS members were on the scene. He added that firefighters were searching floors and stairwells and that there was considerable smoke in the building.
Earlier on Saturday, President Donald Trump and his son Eric Trump tweeted that the fire had been extinguished, though the NYFD reported an injury and ongoing firefighting not long after. "Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!" the president tweeted.
"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!" added Eric.
The FDNY initially reported the fire at around 6 p.m. "FDNYalerts MAN 2-ALARM 721 5 AVE, HIGH RISE (TRUMP TOWER) FIRE ON 50TH FLR," the first tweet read. A later tweet read that four alarms had gone off in the building.
The New York Police Department also reported that the area near 5th Avenue and West 57th Street would experience police presence and traffic closures due to the fire.
President Trump's office in the Tower is on the 26th floor, but he was in Washington for the weekend.
On Saturday, Twitter users posted videos of visible flames erupting from several windows, and pictures of debris falling from the 50th floor.
Fire in Trump Tower worsening pic.twitter.com/6T1VsOCsuP— Peter Thomas Roth (@PeterThomasRoth) April 7, 2018
April 7, 3:16 p.m. Updated to reflect videos from social media.
April 7, 3:27 p.m. Updated to include injury update.
April 7, 3:56 p.m. Updated with FDNY update.
April 7, 4:56 p.m. Updated with Daniel Nigro comments.
April 7, 5:26 p.m. Updated with news of death, containment.