One person has died after suffering serious injuries in the blaze, while four firefighters received non-life-threatening injuries, the New York City fire department said. FDNY crews were called to the 50th floor of the building on Fifth Avenue shortly before 6pm Saturday.
We found fire on the 50th floor of the building. The apartment was entirely on fire. Members pushed in heroically, they were knocking down the fire and found one occupant of the apartment who is in critical condition –#FDNY Commissioner Nigro gives update on 721 5th Ave 4th alarm
Thirty-six units and 126 firefighters responded to the four-alarm fire. People have been evacuated from the building.
My Navy friend Kent Sasagawa and I had been in the tower minutes before, as some personnel rushed by us into the Fire Command room. We thought nothing of it,” Michael Lukiman said on Twitter. “Walking out and around the block, we saw people spectating. Looking up, the flames just started to appear.”
Melania Trump and Barron Trump are both in Washington, DC, according to the first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, NBC New York reports. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump reassured the guests at his iconic Manhattan building, tweeting that the fire was “very confined” and is now “out.”