Fire breaks out on 50th floor of Trump Tower

A raging fire that tore through a 50th-floor apartment at Trump Tower killed a man inside and sent flames and thick, black smoke pouring from windows of the president’s namesake skyscraper.

New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the cause of Saturday’s blaze is not yet known but the apartment was “virtually entirely on fire” when firefighters arrived after 5:30 p.m.

“It was a very difficult fire, as you can imagine,” Nigro told reporters outside the building in midtown Manhattan. “The apartment is quite large.”

Todd Brassner, 67, who was in the apartment, was taken to a hospital and died a short time later, the New York Police Department said. Property records obtained by The Associated Press indicate Brassner was an art dealer who had purchased his unit in 1996.

Officials said four firefighters also suffered minor injuries. An investigation is ongoing. (AP)

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<p>A firefighter looks out from the window of a damaged apartment in Trump Tower in New York on Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Craig Ruttle/AP) </p>
Fire breaks out on 50th floor of Trump Tower

A firefighter looks out from the window of a damaged apartment in Trump Tower in New York on Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Craig Ruttle/AP)

<p>People watch NYPD officers and first responders assess the scene of a fire at Trump Tower on April 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images) </p>
Fire breaks out on 50th floor of Trump Tower

People watch NYPD officers and first responders assess the scene of a fire at Trump Tower on April 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

<p>Damaged windows are seen after a fire broke out in an apartment in Trump Tower in Manhattan in New York City, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Amr Alfiky/Reuters) </p>
Fire breaks out on 50th floor of Trump Tower

Damaged windows are seen after a fire broke out in an apartment in Trump Tower in Manhattan in New York City, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Amr Alfiky/Reuters)

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<p>First responders assess the scene of a fire at Trump Tower on April 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images) </p>
Fire breaks out on 50th floor of Trump Tower

First responders assess the scene of a fire at Trump Tower on April 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

<p>A firefighter works in front of Trump Tower after a fire in New York, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Andres Kudacki/AP) </p>
Fire breaks out on 50th floor of Trump Tower

A firefighter works in front of Trump Tower after a fire in New York, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Andres Kudacki/AP)

<p>First responders work on a fire in a residential unit at Trump tower in the Manhattan borough of New York City, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Amr Alfiky/Reuters) </p>
Fire breaks out on 50th floor of Trump Tower

First responders work on a fire in a residential unit at Trump tower in the Manhattan borough of New York City, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Amr Alfiky/Reuters)

<p>First responders assess the scene of a fire at Trump Tower on April 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images) </p>
Fire breaks out on 50th floor of Trump Tower

First responders assess the scene of a fire at Trump Tower on April 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

<p>People look at Trump Tower after a fire in the building in New York, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Andres Kudacki/AP) </p>
Fire breaks out on 50th floor of Trump Tower

People look at Trump Tower after a fire in the building in New York, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Andres Kudacki/AP)

<p>Smoke rises from the 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York City on April 7, 2018. (Photo: Muhammed Said Tanl/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Fire breaks out on 50th floor of Trump Tower

Smoke rises from the 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York City on April 7, 2018. (Photo: Muhammed Said Tanl/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>NYPD officers and first responders asses the scene of a fire at Trump Tower on April 7, 2018 in New York City. One person has reportedly died and four firefighters were injured in the four-alarm blaze which broke out on the 50th floor. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images) </p>
Fire breaks out on 50th floor of Trump Tower

NYPD officers and first responders asses the scene of a fire at Trump Tower on April 7, 2018 in New York City. One person has reportedly died and four firefighters were injured in the four-alarm blaze which broke out on the 50th floor. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

<p>Smoke rises from the 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York City on April 7, 2018. (Photo:Muhammed Said Tanl/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Fire breaks out on 50th floor of Trump Tower

Smoke rises from the 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York City on April 7, 2018. (Photo:Muhammed Said Tanl/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>First responders work on a fire in a residential unit at Trump tower in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Amr Alfiky/Reuters) </p>
Fire breaks out on 50th floor of Trump Tower

First responders work on a fire in a residential unit at Trump tower in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Amr Alfiky/Reuters)

<p>Smoke rises up from Trump Tower in New York, April 7, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. (Photo: Twitter@brightbazaar/via Reuters) </p>
Fire breaks out on 50th floor of Trump Tower

Smoke rises up from Trump Tower in New York, April 7, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. (Photo: Twitter@brightbazaar/via Reuters)

<p>First responders work on a fire at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Catherine Koppel/Reuters) </p>
Fire breaks out on 50th floor of Trump Tower

First responders work on a fire at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Catherine Koppel/Reuters)

<p>Debris falls during a fire at Trump Tower in New York, April 7, 2018 in this still image from video obtained from social media. (Photo: Twitter@ZionLee_ /via Reuters) </p>
Fire breaks out on 50th floor of Trump Tower

Debris falls during a fire at Trump Tower in New York, April 7, 2018 in this still image from video obtained from social media. (Photo: Twitter@ZionLee_ /via Reuters)

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