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Fire breaks out on 50th floor of Trump Tower

A firefighter looks out from the window of a damaged apartment in Trump Tower in New York on Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Craig Ruttle/AP)

Fire breaks out on 50th floor of Trump Tower

A raging fire that tore through a 50th-floor apartment at Trump Tower killed a man inside and sent flames and thick, black smoke pouring from windows of the president’s namesake skyscraper.

New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the cause of Saturday’s blaze is not yet known but the apartment was “virtually entirely on fire” when firefighters arrived after 5:30 p.m.

“It was a very difficult fire, as you can imagine,” Nigro told reporters outside the building in midtown Manhattan. “The apartment is quite large.”

Todd Brassner, 67, who was in the apartment, was taken to a hospital and died a short time later, the New York Police Department said. Property records obtained by The Associated Press indicate Brassner was an art dealer who had purchased his unit in 1996.

Officials said four firefighters also suffered minor injuries. An investigation is ongoing. (AP)

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