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Cooling Tower Leads to Roof Fire at Trump Tower

  January 12, 2018

By Ryan Berlin

Fires are unpredictable and managers within commercial and institutional facilities should always be prepared if a fire does happen.

Three people were injured in a small electrical fire at Trump Tower, where smoke billowed from the rooftop as emergency crews worked to extinguish the flames, according to an article from The Washington Post.

The Secret Service first spotted the fire and alerted building managers, who called 911, according to New York fire officials. Within about an hour, fire crews had extinguished what an FDNY spokesman called a “quick, easy and routine” blaze on the roof of the luxury building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

There were no evacuations, the authorities said, but two civilians and a firefighter sustained minor injuries. President Trump, who has a penthouse condominium at Trump Tower, was in Washington at the time of the fire.

“The fire wasn’t in the building, it was on top of the building,” the fire department said on Twitter. “We had flames coming out of the vents, no smoke condition or fire was on the inside.” Fire marshals are investigating the cause.

“There was a small electrical fire in a cooling tower on the roof of Trump Tower,” the Trump Organization said in an emailed statement to The Washington Post. “The FDNY were here within minutes and did an exceptional job. Everything is under control and no evacuations were made.”

This Quick Read was submitted by Ryan Berlin, managing editor of Facility Maintenance Decisions.


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