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Fire at New York's Trump Tower, Two Injured

Fire at New York's Trump Tower, Two Injured

Monday, 8 January, 2018 - 14:15
Smoke was seen at the top of the Trump Tower. (Photo: Twitter/@nycpov)

Two people were injured after a fire broke out early-morning near the top of Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, the New York Fire Department said on Monday.

The department said it was called around 7 am Monday to a report of a fire on the top floor. About 84 firefighters were called to the scene.

US President Donald Trump was in Washington at the time.

Although local media initially reported there were no injuries, one person sustained a serious, possibly life-threatening injury, and another had a minor injury, the Fire Department said.

Eric Trump, one of the president’s sons, said on Twitter that it was a small electrical fire in the cooling tower on the building’s roof.

“The New York Fire Department was here within minutes and did an incredible job,” said the younger Trump. “The men and women of the #FDNY are true heros and deserve our most sincere thanks and praise!”

The building is the headquarters of the Trump Organization and is home to both private residences and businesses.

Video from the scene shows firefighters on the roof of the 58-story building battling the blaze and large amounts of smoke. The fire official said the steam and smoke were exacerbated by the cold weather.

The fire was reported by phone on the top floor of the tower, which had been Trump’s primary residence before his election victory and inauguration nearly a year ago, the department said.

More than 90 minutes after the initial report, 84 firefighters and 26 units were still on the scene, according to department spokesman Firefighter Ken Reilly.

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