A small fire broke out on the roof of Trump Tower in New York City on Monday, causing minor injuries to two people who were responding to the blaze, local officials say. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
The incident began at about 7:15 a.m. ET on Monday when fire crews were called to the skyscraper, which is located in Midtown Manhattan. Footage from the scene showed plumes of black smoke billowing from the roof of the building.
A spokesman for the New York Fire Department said the fire broke out in a cooling tower which is just below the roof of the building and is covered by vents. “We had flames coming out of those vents,” he said, adding that there was no smoke or fire inside the building itself.
The fire on the roof was quickly brought under control but light smoke continued to billow from the top of the building until just before 8 a.m.
Two people who were responding to the blaze suffered minor injuries. One firefighter suffered injuries when debris fell on top of him and a second person, an engineer, inhaled smoke while trying to put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher.
The cause of Monday’s fire was not immediately known.
“There was a small electrical fire in a cooling tower on the roof of Trump Tower,” said Eric Trump, a son of President Donald Trump. “The New York Fire Department was here within minutes and did an incredible job. The men and women of the FDNY are true heroes and deserve our most sincere thanks and praise!”
Trump Tower is a 58-story building on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan and is home to a mix of apartments and businesses, including a private residence of President Donald Trump and the headquarters of the Trump Organization.
President Trump was at the White House in Washington, D.C. when the fire took place.
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