A fire broke out on the upper floors of Trump Tower in Manhattan, the home of President Trump.
The blaze broke out on the 50th floor of the tower just before 6pm. Thick black smoke billowed out from Trump Tower as burning debris fell onto Fifth Avenue.
The 67-year-old male occupant of the apartment where the fire started died after being transported to Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital in critical condition, an NYPD source tells DailyMail.com.
They will release his identity once his family has been notified.
Four firefighters also sustained non-life threatening injuries.
During a press conference at the scene, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said ‘the apartment was virtually, entirely on fire’ when firefighters arrived.
‘They were knocking down the fire, they found one occupant,’ Nigro said.
‘This was a very difficult fire. As you can imagine, the apartment is quite large, we are 50 stories up. The rest of the building had a considerable amount of smoke. 200 Firefighters and EMS members are on scene.’
‘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,’ Nigro added.
The FDNY had to search several floors because of the smoke condition above the 50 floor.
The fire was finally declared under control at around 7:45pm.
Melania Trump and the couple’s son, Barron Trump, are both in Washington, D.C., according to the first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham.
The president is also in Washington D.C.
At least five fire trucks were seen responding to the fire on Fifth Avenue.
Trump has an office and home in the building.
At 6:42pm local time the president took to Twitter to share: ‘Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!’
As of 6:55pm the FDNY said that they remained on scene. While the fire may be ‘confined’ firefighters will continue to battle the blaze until its determined to be under control.