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Trump Tower Fire: President Says Flames Seen Billowing From 5th Avenue Building Are Now Out

Updated | A fire broke out on one of the top floors of Trump Tower, a large building in midtown Manhattan owned by President Donald Trump, leaving at least one person critically injured, according to authorities. 

The 4-alarm fire was reported shortly after 5:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, the New York City Fire Department said. One person was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and four firefighters suffered non-life threatening injuries. The Associated Press later reported that a male victim had died. 

The fire broke out inside a 50th-floor apartment. Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the unit was completely engulfed when they arrived. It wasn't immediately clear what sparked the blaze. 

"This was a very difficult fire," Nigro said. "As you can imagine, the apartment is quite large, (and) we are 50 stories up. The rest of the building had a considerable amount of smoke...members pushed in heroically. They were knocking down the fire and found one occupant of the apartment who is in critical condition." 

Videos posted on social media showed flames pouring out of what appeared to be one of the uppermost floors of the 58-story building. A total of more than 200 EMS and firefighters were on scene. At least four windows on the corner of the skyscraper appeared to be damaged and debris could be seen falling from the windows.

President Donald Trump tweeted that the fire was out shortly after 6:40 p.m. He said the flames were "very confined" and thanked the "firemen (and women)" for responding to the scene, while also touting the structure of the skyscraper. 

"Fire at Trump Tower is out," he said. "Very confined (well built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!"

But, according to Nigro, the firefighters hadn't yet considered the fire to be under control until shortly before 8 p.m. EST.

The skyscraper, one of Trump's most infamous properties, is located on Fifth Avenue, between 56th and 57th Streets. It wasn't immediately clear what started the fire. Police appeared to have cordoned off the surrounding area as black smoke billowed from the top of the building at around 6 p.m. 

Home to Trump's real estate empire and the president's penthouse condo, Trump Tower was built in 1978. It houses businesses, apartments and is zoned as a mixed-use development.

Three people were injured in January after a fire broke out on the roof of the building, which gave way to a flurry of memes. The Fire Department of New York said the flames were caused by the building’s heating and ventilation system. Police said at the time that the injuries were all minor. 

Trump moved from Trump Tower to the White House after taking the Oath of Office in January 2017. Melania Trump and young son Barron accompanied him on the move shortly thereafter, waiting until the school had year finished. 

This story has been updated to include statements from the New York City Fire Department. 

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