One killed in Trump Tower fire, U.S. president reacts

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

ABC News reported that the victim, Todd Brassner, was pulled unconscious from his apartment at the luxury Fifth Avenue sky scraper and died later at the hospital.

Authorities first responded to the fire in Brassner's apartment at about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday evening where the severity of the blaze required more than 200 firefighters to attend to the scene.

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This image shows where the fire broke out at Trump Tower in New York City on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) said Mr Brassner's apartment had been "entirely" engulfed with flames.

"This was a very hard fire".

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The fire broke out just before 6 p.m. Saturday, officials said.

Mr Nigro said firefighters and Secret Service members checked on the condition of Mr Trump's apartment.

There are reportedly no fire sprinklers on the upper floors of the building, but the Post wrote they're not required by law in buildings of that age (Trump Tower opened in 1983).

Trump Tower's fire-suppression systems were up to code, and there were no violations witnessed, an FDNY source said. Very confined (well built building).

The cause of Saturday's fire is still unknown, according to CBS, as is the cause of the man's death, the Daily News reported. "There are four Firefighters with non-life-threatening injuries -#FDNY Commissioner Nigro", tweeted the department. Fireman (and women) did a great job.

Nigro described the apartment where the fire began as "quite large" and containing "quite a lot of furniture", which led to its spread. Residents in their units on other floors at the time of the fire, however, hold a different view; multiple residents said there was no official evacuation notice. "Instead they received an automatic notification that there was a fire inside".

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