Trump Tower
08 Apr 2018

Two fires in the 5th Ave Tower this year alone - report claims two lobbying attempts were made against high rise sprinklers


Saturday's deadly NYC fire in Trump Tower that killed a 67-year old man,  and injured four firefighters, is the second fire in Mr. Trump's Fifth Avenue building this year. In an article on CBS News, it has recently been reported that the company lobbied against mandatory sprinklers in high rise towers twice since the 90s.

Two civilians suffered minor injuries and a firefighter was hurt by debris in a fire on Jan. 8 on the top of the building. That blaze was sparked by an electrical issue, Mr. Trump's son, Eric, said at the time. Eric Trump said the fire had been in a cooling tower.   

Nigro said in a press conference that the cause of Saturday's fire is still unclear. 

Mr. Trump tweeted shortly after the fire broke out that his building is "well-built." Nigro agreed at the press conference that it's a "well-built building." 

"The building sure stood up quite well," Nigro said. There is considerable smoke damage to the upper floors. Nigro said units checked Mr. Trump's residence on the upper floors. 

Neither Mr. Trump or any of his family were in the building at the time of the fire. Mr. Trump and his wife, Melania, were at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Saturday night. Eric Trump lives in the nearby Trump Parc building, which is located on Central Park South. 

While it's unclear how many fires have been at the building since it opened in 1984, a severe fire in 1982 set construction back two months, according to amNewYork

Mandatory sprinklers have been required in high rise buildings since 1999.

Read the whole article on CBS News here



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