Three people were injured in a fire at Trump Tower in Manhattan Monday morning, authorities said.
FDNY Assistant Chief Roger Sakowich told NBC New York that the fire started in a central heat and air conditioning unit and that flames came out a vent just before 7 a.m. on Monday. The fire was reported when Secret Service agents noticed smoke.
The President was not in the building when the fire erupted. The fire was reported under control as of 8:13 a.m., the FDNY said.
There were no initial reports of injuries or evacuations. However, authorities later said there were three injuries. The fire chief reported two injuries: a firefighter injured by falling debris and an engineer who was injured, but refused treatment. A civilian was also injured, but details were not immediately available.
More than 70 firefighters responded to the call, a standard number for fire on the roof of a high rise, the NYPD told the Associated Press.
Smoke could be seen wafting off the roof of Trump Tower, but the fire started dissipating within a half hour, witnesses posting photos on social media said. The Fire Department said the fire was not inside the building, but on top of it.
“We had flames coming out of the vents. No smoke condition or fire was on the inside,” FDNY’s Roger Sakowich said on Twitter.
The President’s son, Eric Trump, praised the FDNY on Twitter for their speedy response.
There was a small electrical fire in a cooling tower on the roof of Trump Tower. The New York Fire Department was here within minutes and did an incredible job. The men and women of the #FDNY are true heroes and deserve our most sincere thanks and praise! https://t.co/xuTmq1GBbj
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) January 8, 2018
The building is Trump’s crown jewel, which he purchased in 1979. The real estate mogul turned what was then an 11-story property into a 68-story, 663-foot gilded skyscraper. Located on Fifth Avenue between Gucci and Tiffany, the glitzy building contains offices, eateries, condos, and an atrium that’s open to the public.
Trump maintains a three-story penthouse residence there, which has earned Trump Tower the nickname of “White House North.”
The cause of the blaze is being investigated by the city fire marshal, a department spokesman said. Once the investigation is complete, the results will be released, the spokesman, Firefighter Jim Long, said.
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