President Donald Trump's time as a real estate developer who lobbied against installing sprinklers in NYC buildings was called into question on Sunday, April 8, a day after a fire at New York City's Trump Tower left one man dead and six fireman injured.
The fire sent thick, black smoke pouring from the windows of the skyscraper that bears the USA president's name.
Flames and thick black smoke were seen coming from windows of the building, where the president has a residence, on Saturday evening.
The Trump Tower building is viewed on 5th Avenue, July 22, 2015, in New York City.
Fire at Trump Tower is out.
'If you look at the fire deaths in NY, nearly all of them are in one- or two-family houses'.
At a Saturday press conference, the NY fire department's commissioner Daniel Nigro, said that when Trump's family is at Trump tower, extra fire protection is maintained.More news: London jobless rate falls in March, labour force grows
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Fire sprinklers were not required in New York City high-rises when Trump Tower was completed in 1983.
'But the problem with the bill is that it doesn't address the buildings that need sprinklers the most.
The man was taken to hospital in a critical condition, where he later died, according to New York Fire Department (NYFD) Commissioner Daniel Nigro. He said it had been "very confined" as the tower is a "well-built building". "When I saw the television, I thought we were finished", said 76-year-old Lalitha Masson told the Times, adding that she called her oldest soon to say goodbye.
Some time later, Trump changed his rhetoric and spent almost $3m to fit sprinklers in all units of World Tower near the United Nations, claiming the move made the tenants feel more secured.
Officials have not disclosed the cause of the blaze.
President Trump's business is based at Trump Tower and also has a residence there, but he has spent little time in NY since taking office.
The fire department responded to a minor fire in a cooling tower on the roof of the building in January. The headquarters of the Trump Organization is on the 26th floor. Fire apartment officials said it was an electrical fire that had originated in the building's heating system.