One resident is dead and four firefighters injured after a four-alarm blaze on the 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York Saturday evening.
Todd Brassner, 67, was pulled unconscious from his apartment in the Midtown skyscraper and rushed to Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital. He was initially listed in critical condition, but pronounced dead later in the evening, according to the NYPD.
Flames and smoke were spotted billowing and debris raining down from the 50th floor of the Trump Tower around 5:30 p.m. Brassner lived in apartment 50C.
Besides the one fatality, four FDNY firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries — two of them burn-related, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said during a press conference.
Brassner was a friend of late artist Andy Warhol and is mentioned several times in the legendary New Yorker’s 1989 autobiography “The Andy Warhol Diaries.”
They were part of 200 other fire and emergency workers battling the four-alarm blaze at the 58-story Fifth Avenue Trump Tower skyscraper at 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan, fire officials confirmed.
Nigro said the fire broke out at around 5:30 p.m. and fire engines and ladders were there within five minutes.
It was knocked down in approximately an hour, he said. The FDNY declared the fire under control around 8 p.m.