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Minor Fire Breaks Out Near Top of Trump Tower

Posted January 8, 2018 3:40 p.m. EST
Updated January 8, 2018 3:45 p.m. EST

NEW YORK — A fire broke out near the top of Trump Tower on Monday, causing smoke to billow out over the skyscrapers of Midtown Manhattan and Central Park.

The New York Police Department said that the small electrical fire had started around 7:20 a.m. in the roof area of the building. Firefighters responded almost immediately and quickly brought the blaze under control.

A tweet from the Fire Department indicated that the fire was in the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

Trump Tower has two roofs, a low roof that houses mechanical equipment and a higher roof that covers the equipment. A fire official said that there was no fire in the building and that firefighters were able to extinguish it using water despite the cold weather.

There were three minor injuries: A firefighter was hurt by falling debris and two civilians were injured.

In a tweet, Eric Trump said that the fire had been in a cooling tower and thanked the Fire Department for its quick work.

“The New York Fire Department was here within minutes and did an incredible job,” he wrote. “The men and women of the #FDNY are true heroes and deserve our most sincere thanks and praise!”

President Donald Trump was not in New York, having returned to the White House on Sunday after spending the weekend at Camp David. He has visited his hometown only a handful of times since his inauguration a year ago, even as Trump Tower has become a popular site for protests.