The 67-year-old male occupant of the apartment where the fire started died after being transported to Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital in critical condition, an NYPD source tells DailyMail.com. It was ruled under control around 9 pm. One person has reportedly died and four firefighters were injured in the four-alarm blaze.
US President Donal Trump, who has an office and a private residence in the 5 Avenue high-rise, was not in the building at the time and took to Twitter to confirm the blaze was contained.
Brassner's apartment was valued at $2.5 million, according to bankruptcy documents from 2015.
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"It was a very hard fire, as you can imagine", Nigro told reporters outside the building, in midtown Manhattan. "Firemen (and girls) did a gret job".
Asked if that assessment was accurate, Nigro said, "It's a well-built building".
The Department of Buildings has issued a partial order to vacate residences 50C and 51C, they note, and residents are able to occupy the 55 floor and above or 45 floor and below. "New York City did not mandate sprinklers in every unit and common hallways of new residential buildings until March 1999 when then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani signed council legislation". Subsequent updates to the building code required sprinklers to be retroactively installed in commercial skyscrapers, but only if the building underwent major renovations.
The New York Times reported that resident Dennis Shields only knew to leave the building because he received a text from Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, who Shields says he grew up with Cohen. The headquarters of the Trump Organisation is on the 26th floor. Another resident said the phones inside the building did not work. "200 Firefighters and EMS members are on scene". The FDNY said at 7 p.m. that it was a four-alarm fire.
"I've seen some emergencies, but this is by far the biggest", Arturi said.