Three people received minor injuries at Trump Tower in New York City during rush hour on Monday. President Trump was not in the tower at the time.
According to Reuters, one fire-fighter received non-life-threatening injuries from the fire. Two others, including one building worker, were treated on-site for minor injuries. CNN reported that the worker had inhaled smoke and that the building was not evacuated.
Eric Trump has stated on social media that the incident was caused by a small electrical fire that occurred in a cooling tower on the roof.
“The New York Fire Department was here within minutes and did an incredible job,” said the younger Trump. “The men and women of the #FDNY are true heroes and deserve our most sincere thanks and praise!”
The fire department reported that the blaze burned on the roof of the building rather than inside it. Smoke could be seen pouring from the skyscraper's top.
“We had flames coming out of the vents. No smoke condition or fire was on the inside,” Manhattan Borough Commander Assistant Chief Roger Sakowich said on Twitter.
How the blaze began is now under investigation from the city fire marshal, according to a department spokesperson. They plan on releasing the findings of the investigation to the public, according to Firefighter Jim Long.
The Washington Post noted that the Secret Service first spotted the fire and reported the situation to building managers, who called the fire department. That call was made at approximately 7 AM. About an hour and fifteen minutes later, the situation had been resolved. Around 84 firefighters and 26 emergency units responded to the scene.
A fire department spokesperson described the matter as “quick, easy and routine.”
The First Family has given no official statement on the story.
Trump Tower includes the eponymous family's pre-presidential residence, along with a handful of shops, restaurants and offices. The building was famously used as the setting for the reality TV program "The Apprentice."
The irony of the situation, which arrived shortly after a book titled "Fire and Fury" shook up the White House, has not gone unnoticed. Users on Twitter were quick to see humor in the incident:
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