Apr 16, 2018, 2:54 PM ET

Trump Tower fire that killed 1 was accidental, electrical: Fire officials


The Trump Tower fire that killed one earlier this month was an accident, according to New York City fire officials.

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The four-alarm blaze was caused by power strips linked together "powering multiple components," the FDNY tweeted today.

There was no smoke alarm in the apartment in which the fire ignited.

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

Todd Brassner, 67, was pulled unconscious from his apartment in the Midtown skyscraper on April 7 and rushed to Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital. He was initially listed in critical condition, but pronounced dead later that day.

Brassner was a friend of the late artist Andy Warhol and is mentioned several times in the legendary New Yorker's 1989 autobiography "The Andy Warhol Diaries."

At its peak, flames raged from the window panes as crumbling pieces of ashen materials could be seen falling from the glass skyscraper onto the pavement below.

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  • Billy Bob Smith

    Nothing is accidental with the Trump name involved. Does Trump feel any remorse for fighting to not have to install sprinklers? Not a snowball's chance.

  • Jonas Blane ll

    The fire was started when the wiretaps Obama put in Trump Tower phones incinerated. sarc alert.

  • Fermer Votre Bouche

    It was NOT an accident that it had no sprinklers. That was the choice of the cheap landlord.

  • d big

    How can there be a high rise now days without a sprinkler system, of course Trump lobbied so that he he didn't need one, money talks and Trump should be held accountable for the death.

  • Betty Bloop

    trump should start paying for detectors to be inspected annually.
    isn't there some kind of code violation involved in not having a smoke detector in high rise apartments?

  • GarfieldRocks

    Has Trump even mentioned this mans existence yet?

  • rightened

    Well, putting in a built-in smoke detector in a high-rise building is SO expensive... why, Trump would much rather pay off any grieving families that deal with THAT inconvenience... what was that? Laws? Hmmm...

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  • Dicazi

    In such a large building, smoke detectors should be built in. By building management.
    And sprinklers should be mandatory.

  • Captain Insanity

    I thought everyone knew not to use power strips together.

  • Red Hawk

    Accidental maybe, careless and ignored best safety practices, definitely

  • Believer

    FOX is on hell fire In avoiding Hannity in a Donald FIXER lawyers list. Heard Hannity trying to shift the winds to other reporters when he himself has mud all over his Hannity ugly face.

  • Believer

    Condolences to his family & friends. Cheap Donalds buildings are a fire pit disaster. This is an alarming tragedy that cannot be swept under the rug. Put fire alarms cheap Donald fought to avoid to add.

  • Real Deal McNeal

    Sure it was. Trump needed a distraction.

  • ctla567

    Trump said its a well built building!

  • Jon

    Of course it was accidental. They don't have security both inside and outside that building at near Fort Knox levels for nothing, you know. The concern was HOW WAS THE FIRE ALLOWED TO GROW IN THE FIRST PLACE WITHOUT ANY SPRINKLERS? I'd betcha Trump's penthouse suite on the top floor has all the latest gadgets and gizmos so that so that not a single spark remains unnoticed and is taken care of immediately

  • Thomas

    Linking power strips in series. Not wise.

    No smoke detectors in an apartment, in these days? Unbelievable.