Crews responded Saturday night to a fire at Trump Tower in New York that killed a man and wounded four firefighters, city officials said.
The 67-year-old man, whose name was not released while receiving the family's notification, was taken to a hospital, but later died from his injuries, said Officer George Tsourovakas, a spokesman for the New York Police Department. York An investigation is ongoing.
Four firefighters were also injured while fighting the fire on the 50th floor, including two that were burned. According to the agents of the Fire Department of the city of New York, his injuries are not life threatening.
The fire started in a large apartment on the 50th floor and when the firefighters answered around 5:30 p.m. ET, the whole unit was swallowed up, said Daniel Nigro, commissioner of the Fire Department of the city of New York.
► January 8: Fire on the roof of Trump Tower in New York
► September 19: 3 congressmen arrested outside of Trump Tower in DREAM Act protest
"The members pushed heroically, they were knocking down the fire and they found an occupant of the department," he said, adding that the crews had difficulty fighting the fire because it was on 50 floors and in a large unit.  Nigro said about 200 firefighters and emergency medical services officials were called to the scene.
New York City did not require sprinklers in all common units and corridors of new residential buildings until March 1999 when then-mayor Rudy Giulini signed the council's legislation. That was long after the inauguration of Trump Tower in February 1983.
The upper floors of Trump Tower, which have 263 apartments, do not have sprinklers, Nigro told Spectrum News NY1, the cable television news channel 24 hours serving the five boroughs of New York.
Before moving to the White House, the tower was President Trump's main house. He and his family own an apartment, which Forbes estimated to have more than 10,000 square feet and covers three floors.
Trump's penthouse is on floors labeled 66 through 68, which means the fire occurred more than 10 levels below Trump's house. The tower has 58 floors.
While they were in the building, the gangs searched Trump's house, which was unharmed, Nigro said. The smoke had spread through most of the building, but it was not clear if it leaked into Trump's attic.
No member of the first family was in the building during the incident, he said.
Spectators outside Trump Tower took photos and recorded videos of the fire as it grew, flames and smoke rising from several high-rise windows. Some images showed debris falling hundreds of feet to the street.
The president tweeted about the fire and praised the firefighters who responded. He said the fire had been extinguished, but firefighters remained on the scene for several hours due to the heavy smoke.
"Fire at Trump Tower is out," he wrote. "Very confined (well constructed building), the firemen (and the women) did a great job. THANK YOU!"
The first 19 floors of the building are commercial businesses, according to The New York Times . Much of the rest of the building is used as houses, but high prices mean that celebrities and the city's elite are the ones who can afford to live there.
The tower has a history of attracting some high profile tenants, including Michael Jackson, Johnny Carson and Bruce Willis. Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager who faces charges in the prosecutor's special investigation, is one of its owners.
Eric Trump, one of the president's sons who also helps direct The Tower-based Trump Organization, also tweeted his thanks to the firefighters who tamed the fire.
"Thanks to the men incredible and NYFD women who extinguished a fire in a residential apartment in @TrumpTower, "Eric Trump posted on Twitter. "@FDNY and @NYPD are really some of the most amazing people in the world!"
In January, another fire in Trump Tower wounded three people, two civilians and one firefighter. It started in the heating and air conditioning system on the roof of the building and left smoke billowing from the ceiling.
So, all the injuries were not a threat to life.
Follow Christal Hayes on Twitter: @Journo_Christal
Read or share this story: https://usat.ly/2qekXKN