Call For New Sprinkler Legislation After Trump Tower Fire

Call For New Sprinkler Legislation After Trump Tower Fire

Fire fighters were able to contain the fire to one apartment.

This story was updated on April 8 to include information on Donald Trump's opposition to measures requiring high rise buildings to be installed with sprinkler systems. The president lives there in the top three floors when he is in NY.

Flames and thick black smoke were seen coming from windows of the building, where the president has a
residence, on Saturday evening.

The fire department responded to a minor fire in a cooling tower on the roof of the building in January. The apartments are listed on floors 66-68, although the building is technically only 58 stories high.

Trump's business is based at Trump Tower and his residence is there, but he has spent little time in NY since taking office.

President Donald Trump tweeted about 45 minutes later that the fire was out.

Trump was mollified when the law was altered to specify that existing buildings didn't need to install sprinklers unless they underwent gut renovations. 67 year-old Todd Brassner was a native of Harrison, New York and graduated from the private, New Rochelle Academy, a school that shuttered it's doors in 1987.

Trump estimated that the move would cost $4 per square foot at the time - about $6 per square foot today.

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Trump later said that he had modified his views about sprinklers because they make tenants feel safer. "I had gone up there to invite them to a memorial service. and I remember the phone call".

As he was walking into the building, he said Trump was walking out, and Goldsmith took the opportunity to take a peek at Trump's small hands. He also thanked the fire department.

"Very confined (well built building)", he tweeted about an hour after the fire broke out.

There was no immediate response from the White House to a request from ABC News for comment.

No members of the Trump family were in the tower at the time of the blaze.

"I'm still angry because it's a damn coverup and the city has covered this up for years and years", he said.

CNN reported that the upper residential floors of Trump Tower - including the 50th floor destroyed by fire - are not equipped with sprinklers. "And, what is your family's life worth?"

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