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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

President’s insensitive remarks on Trump Tower fire

A firefighter looks out from the window of a fire damaged apartment in Trump Tower in New York on Saturday, April 7, 2018. The Fire Department says the blaze broke out on the 50th floor. (Craig Ruttle/Associated Press)

Typical uncompassionate response from president Donald Trump when a fire killed a resident in Trump Tower in Manhattan.

Trump tweeted:

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

Not a word about one of his tenants dying.  No concern about firefighter injuries in battling the blaze or two civilians injured by falling debris.  Primarily, he offered praise for what he called a “well built building”  and thanks for protecting it, not lives.

New York fire commissioner Donald Nigro said the 50th floor apartment was “virtually entirely on fire.”

“It’s a well-built building,” Nigro said at a press conference.  “The building sure stood up quite wall.”

Firefighters reported smoke throughout tower and inspected Trump’s residence but did not say if it was damaged.

The Associated Press reports:

A raging fire that tore through a 50th-floor apartment at Trump Tower on Saturday 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 the blaze is not yet known but the apartment was “virtually entirely on fire” when firefighters arrived after 5:30 p.m.

Sixty-seven-year-old Todd Brassner, 67, who was in the apartment, was taken to a hospital and died a short time later.

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

Trump acted like he didn’t even care about the death or the other injuries.


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3 thoughts on “President’s insensitive remarks on Trump Tower fire”

  1. I wonder if Trump had sprinklers installed in his penthouse apartment but not in the others? I wouldn’t be surprised. Hope someone is investigating that possibility.

    • Yes he is and was. It would seem that his building was built before it was mandatory to include sprinkler systems in commercial buildings. So his building was “grandfathered” in and he didn’t have to provide it. Even today, developers will try and deal with municipalities on NOT having to install sprinkler systems because of the cost. And, in the interest of increased property tax revenue, and wanting the project to succeed, the municipality will acquiesce. Sad.

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