One person dead after fire breaks out at Trump Tower in New York



A fire which erupted at an apartment on the 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York has seriously injured its occupant and left four firefighters with minor injuries, according to the New York City Fire Department.

The New York police department said a 67-year-old male died in hospital after he was found “unconscious and unresponsive’ at the scene of the fire.

New York fire department earlier reported the occupant of the apartment was seriously injured and it’s not clear at this moment if the victim is the same person.

Some 200 firefighters and emergency members are on the scene as the situation is still not under control because of "a considerable amount of smoke" in the rest of the building, according to the department.

Smoke from the fire was reportedly seen rising from the Midtown Manhattan tower around 6:00 p.m. (2200 GMT) late Saturday but later subsided.

"We found fire on the 50th floor of the building. The apartment was entirely on fire," New York fire department Commissioner

Daniel Nigro said. "This was a very difficult fire. As you can imagine, the apartment is quite large, we are 50 stories up."

Earlier, US President Donald Trump, who is currently in Washington, DC, tweeted the fire was out in the "well built" building.

"Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!"

Streets surrounding the building owned by Trump, which serves as the headquarters for The Trump Organization and houses a penthouse, are currently closed off.

Fire officials have not yet released a suspected cause of the blaze, adding no member of the Trump family was in the building at the time.

“This was a very difficult fire. As you can imagine, the apartment is quite large, we are 50 stories up. The rest of the building had a considerable amount of smoke,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said on Twitter.

In January, three people were injured in an early-morning fire at the top of Trump Tower. One firefighter was hospitalized while two people received minor injuries that were treated at the scene, the New York Fire Department said.

In addition to the president’s 66th-floor penthouse, Trump Tower houses the headquarters of the Trump Organisation as well as other residences, offices and stores.