The deadly fire that broke out Saturday evening on the 50th floor of the Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan left six local firefighters injured, several residents traumatized, one struggling arts collector deceased and some liberals celebrating.
“When I saw the television, I thought we were finished,” Lalitha Masson, a 76-year-old Trump Tower resident with Parkinson’s disease, told The New York Times afterward.
“I called my oldest son and said goodbye to him because the way it looked everything was falling out of the window, and it reminded me of 9/11.”
Despite not receiving a notification from the skyscraper’s management team to evacuate, the terrified 76-year-old managed to make it out alive.
The same cannot be said of Todd Brassner, an obscure arts collector whom local firefighters found unconscious in his apartment on the tower’s 50th floor. Brassner was transported to a nearby hospital but declared dead shortly thereafter.
Brassner had spent his entire life relying on his family’s reported wealth to purchase and resell art. Everything changed in 2014, when his family dialed back its financial support, spurring him to filing for bankruptcy a year later, according to court records reported by the New York Post. The report states that “he has been plagued with debilitating medical problems that have made it difficult for him to function.”
“The entire apartment was on fire,” FDNY Commissioner Dan Nigro said at a press conference Saturday evening, according to the New York Daily News. “The fire was a difficult fire. The apartment was quite large and 50 stories up.”
During Saturday’s press briefing, Nigro also revealed that six of his firefighters suffered non-fatal injuries during the operation.
As of Sunday morning it still remained unclear what started the fire, though it had been confirmed by ABC News that the fire started broke out around 5:30 pm Saturday and was fully contained within about two hours maximum.
President Donald Trump in a tweet posted Saturday evening that he greatly appreciated the FDNY’s impressive efforts:
Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2018
Trump promptly came under fire afterward for not naming Brassner:
Todd Brassner died in Trump Tower & Donald Trump’s only tweet touted his “well built building.”
Like 9/11 when his first thought was to brag that he had the tallest building in New York now.
Donald Trump is not just a disgrace to the presidency, he’s a disgrace to humanity.
— Dyslexic doG (@aDyslexicdoG) April 8, 2018
Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building).
No tweet of 67-year-old Todd Brassner dead and six firefighters injured. Trump was one of the developers in the late 1990s who lobbied against sprinklers in buildings. SAD! https://t.co/rV58aZE5Ee
— Doug (@woodougring) April 8, 2018
Did you go to bed? Or, have you been on the phone with your lawyers? Where's you "thoughts and prayers" tweet to that family of Todd Brassner, who died in the fire, and the firefighters who were injured at your building that had no sprinklers?
— Leigh🌊 (@Paws2Tweet) April 8, 2018
But I thought liberals hate thoughts and prayers? Plus, Brassner had reportedly still been alive when Trump issued his tweet.
The Twitter user “Leigh” was admittedly correct that Trump Tower lacks sprinklers. Fox News pointed out though that sprinklers weren’t required in York New York skyscrapers when construction on it began in 1979.
While venomous, at least the tweets shared above contained some degree of decency. Some liberals loathe the president so much that they celebrated Trump Tower catching on fire:
trump tower is on fire? who has marshmallows?
— Neil Doughty 🌊 (@ingenius_one) April 7, 2018
— Joel Shazbot (@joeljet) April 7, 2018
Fire just broke out on the 50th floor of Trump Tower. KARMA? Yeah maybe if it was a dumpster fire like this administration….Oh wait… #trumptowerfire is a thing now
— Mariah K (@mrhomg) April 7, 2018
— Rod Harvey Jr. (@hotrodinvegas) January 8, 2018
— Vıɴ (@___Vin) January 8, 2018
— White, but not like that. (@bensteinbrener) January 8, 2018
Stay classy, liberals …
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