Is Donald Trump To Blame For Death In Trump Tower Fire?!

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On Saturday afternoon a fire broke out on the 50th floor of Trump Tower in Manhattan.

Within hours Donald Trump was tweeting about how the tower was “well-built” — and showed his characteristic lack of empathy as he did not mention the firefighters who were injured nor the resident who was seriously injured.

That man, art collector Todd Brassner, later died from his injuries.

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The blaze, ultimately reported as a 4-alarm, is raising new alarms this week. The first revelation? The apartment had no sprinklers.

Strangely, this was not illegal — and Trump is part of the reason why. Back in 1999 a law was signed by then-Mayor (and future Trump supporter) Rudy Giuliani requiring all high-rise residential units to have sprinklers. Except Trump fought hard and ultimately successfully to allow his building, which was constructed in 1983, to be grandfathered in.

The NY Post reported at the time that Trump was complaining it was too costly. He called a dozen members of the city council personally. He donated money to the city speaker. The bill was revised to not include towers built before the law went into place.

How many buildings got to skate? How many others have died from fires in the 19 years since?

Of course Trump cared more about the money than the lives. He only sees one color: green.

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That isn’t the only strange thing about the fire. There’s also the fact that there was no evacuation. While an automated alarm alerted the fire department, it’s still unclear if an alarm went off in the building. There was no 911 call, and some residents say they only learned of it in other ways.

76-year-old Lalitha Masson, who lives on the 36th floor, told the NY Post she learned about the fire from the news on TV:

“We’re terrified. It was a very horrible experience, there was no evacuation system in place, we were at a loss of what to do. I almost fainted, I thought we would die.”

No evacuation system in place?

Stranger still were comments by Bethenny Frankel‘s boyfriend Dennis Shields, who lives eight floors below the fire. He told The New York Times he heard about it from none other than Donald Trump’s lawyer!

“Michael Cohen, who is Trump’s lawyer was texting me and said ‘are you in the building? I said ‘yes.’ He said ‘you better get out ASAP!’ That’s how I knew to get out, otherwise I’d still be in there.”

How did Cohen know about it so fast? Did he see it on TV too?

None of the Trump family, which has residences on the top floors of the 58-story high-rise, were in the building at the time of the fire.

We also don’t yet know if their apartments have sprinklers. But we imagine we’ll learn in the coming days.

[Image via WENN/CBS/Twitter.]

Apr 9, 2018 3:55pm PDT

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