Todd Brassner, 67, who was pulled unconscious from his apartment in the Midtown skyscraper and rushed to Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital was pronounced dead later in the evening. The apartment was “virtually entirely on fire.” Flames and smoke were spotted billowing and debris raining down from the 50th floor of the Trump Tower around 5:30 p.m. Six FDNY firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries — two of them burn-related, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said during a press conference. 200 other fire and emergency workers were battling the four-alarm blaze at the 58-story Fifth Avenue Trump Tower skyscraper. They were there within five minutes. Firefighters were sweeping adjacent apartments and stairwells to determine the source of the blaze.
There were no evacuations, though some residents left on their own. Brassner was an art dealer who had purchased his unit in 1996. President Donald Trump, who was in Washington, tweeted: “Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!” Fire sprinklers were not required in New York City high-rises when Trump Tower was completed in 1983. Older residential high-rises are not required to install sprinklers unless the building undergoes major renovations. No member of the Trump family was in the 664-foot tower Saturday. The headquarters of the Trump Organization is on the 26th floor. Trump’s family has an apartment on the top floors of the 58-story building.