Three people were injured in an early-morning fire at the top of Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, the New York Fire Department said on Monday, as the city’s workday rush began.
The report about a fire at the 68-story luxury high-rise at 721 Fifth Avenue, where President Donald Trump lived and worked prior to moving to the White House last January, came in after 7 a.m., the NYPD said. Trump was in Washington at the time of the fire.
An FDNY official said that members of the Secret Service first spotted smoke on the roof, and the building’s fire safety director located flames spewing from a vent, PIX11 reported.
The FDNY said in a tweet at 8:16 a.m. that the blaze occurred in an HVAC system and that it was “under control.” The department said that the fire had been contained to the roof and did not enter the building.
“There was a small electrical fire in a cooling tower on the roof of Trump Tower. The FDNY were here within minutes and did an exceptional job. Everything is under control, and no evacuations were made,” the Trump Organization said in an emailed statement to the Post.
One firefighter was hospitalized with nonlife-threatening injuries, while two people received minor injuries that were treated at the scene, including a building worker whose injury was initially described as serious, the Fire Department said.
In addition to the president’s 66th-floor penthouse, Trump Tower houses the headquarters of the Trump Organization as well as other residences, offices and stores.
Reuters contributed to this report.