UPDATED: The Fire Department of New York quickly extinguished a fire on the 50th floor of Trump Tower in Manhattan. One man died with six firefighters sustaining non-life-threatening injuries, according to the FDNY.
The man killed was identified as Todd Brassner, 67, a resident of the 50th floor. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition and later died.
The fire, which was first reported around 6 p.m. ET, was extinguished around 9 p.m. President Donald Trump tweeted his gratitude before news of Brassner’s death.
The President’s son also expressed his gratitude in a tweet, noting that the fire was located in a residential apartment in Trump Tower. “The @FDNY and @NYPD are truly some of the most incredible people anywhere!” he wrote.
The FDNY Alerts Twitter account first reported the fire at 2:57 p.m. PT, writing “2-alarm 721 5 Ave, High Rise (Trump Tower).” A following tweet reported three alarms had gone off, and another from the FDNY account reported no injuries and that fire fighters were on the scene.
The FDNY later upgraded the fire to four-alarm, and said that a civilian had been seriously injured, with three non-life-threatening injuries to firefighters reported.
The New York Police Department tweeted that the area between 5th Avenue and West 57th Street could expect police and fire department activity, and attendant traffic and street closures due to emergency vehicles.
The President is not at Trump Tower, having relocated to Washington, D.C. for the weekend. His offices are on the 26th floor.
Flames can be seen emerging from the windows of the 50th floor in videos and photos posted to Twitter Saturday by onlookers and FDNY.