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Trump Tower fire in New York leaves pensioner dead and four firefighters injured

Trump Tower fire in New York leaves pensioner dead and four firefighters injuredA raging fire that tore through a 50th-floor apartment at Trump Tower killed a man inside and sent flames and thick, black smoke pouring from windows of the president's namesake skyscraper. New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the cause of Saturday's blaze is not yet known but the apartment was "virtually entirely on fire" when firefighters arrived after 5:30 p.m. "It was a very difficult fire, as you can imagine," Nigro told reporters outside the building in midtown Manhattan. "The apartment is quite large." Todd Brassner, 67, who was in the apartment, was taken to a hospital and died a short time later, the New York Police Department said. Property records obtained by The Associated Press indicate Brassner was an art dealer who had purchased his 50th-floor unit in 1996. Officials said four firefighters also suffered minor injuries. An investigation is ongoing. Damaged windows are seen after a fire in a residential unit at Trump Tower in New York Credit: Reuters Shortly after news of the fire broke, Trump, who was in Washington, tweeted: "Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!" Asked if that assessment was accurate, Nigro said, "It's a well-built building. The upper floors, the residence floors, are not sprinklered." Fire sprinklers were not required in New York City high-rises when Trump Tower was completed in 1983. Subsequent updates to the building code required commercial skyscrapers to install the sprinklers retroactively, but owners of older residential high-rises are not required to install sprinklers unless the building undergoes major renovations. The fire is still not considered to be under control because of the smoke conditions on all the floors above -#FDNY Commissioner Nigro gives update on 4th alarm, 721 5th Ave Manhattan— FDNY (@FDNY) April 8, 2018 Some fire-safety advocates pushed for a requirement that older apartment buildings be retrofitted with sprinklers when New York City passed a law requiring them in new residential highrises in 1999, but officials in the administration of then-mayor Rudy Giuliani said that would be too expensive. Nigro noted that no member of the Trump family was in the 664-foot tower Saturday. Trump's family has an apartment on the top floors of the 58-story building, but he has spent little time in New York since taking office. The headquarters of the Trump Organisation is on the 26th floor. A fire has broken out at Trump Tower in New York Nigro said firefighters and Secret Service members checked on the condition of Trump's apartment. About 200 firefighters and emergency medical service workers responded to the fire, he said. Some residents said they didn't get any notification from building management to evacuate. Lalitha Masson, a 76-year-old resident, called it "a very, very terrifying experience." Masson told The New York Times that she did not receive any announcement about leaving, and that when she called the front desk no one answered. First responders work on a fire in a residential unit at Trump tower in the Manhattan borough of New York City Credit: Reuters "When I saw the television, I thought we were finished," said Masson, who lives on the 36th floor with her husband, Narinder, who is 79 and has Parkinson's disease. She said she started praying because she felt it was the end. "I called my oldest son and said goodbye to him because the way it looked everything was falling out of the window, and it reminded me of 9/11," Masson said. 



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Fifth Texas parcel bomb blast leaves U.S. investigators baffled

Fifth Texas parcel bomb blast leaves U.S. investigators baffledBy Jon Herskovitz and Jim Forsyth AUSTIN/SCHERTZ, Texas (Reuters) – A package bomb blew up at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio on Tuesday, the fifth in a series of attacks that have rocked Texas this month and left baffled investigators searching for what they suspect is a serial bomber. The package filled with nails and metal shrapnel was mailed from Austin to another address in Austin and passed through a sorting center in Schertz, about 65 miles (105 km) away, when it exploded on a conveyer belt, knocking a female employee off her feet, officials said. It was the fifth of a series in explosions in Texas in the past 18 days that have killed two people, injured others, and left hundreds of federal and local investigators scrambling to find the perpetrator and a motive.



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Shooting At Maryland High School Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Injured

Shooting At Maryland High School Leaves 1 Dead, 2 InjuredA shooting at a high school in Great Mills, Maryland, on Tuesday left one



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High School Bus Crash Leaves Driver Dead and Dozens of Students Injured

High School Bus Crash Leaves Driver Dead and Dozens of Students InjuredThe bus was carrying Texas high school band members



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Rex Tillerson Leaves With A Shattered Reputation And A Broken Department

Rex Tillerson Leaves With A Shattered Reputation And A Broken DepartmentPresident Donald Trump ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday,



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Far-right, populist surge leaves Italy in limbo

Far-right, populist surge leaves Italy in limboA surge for populist and far-right parties in Italy’s election could result in a hung parliament with a right-wing alliance likely to win the most votes but no majority after a campaign dominated by anger against immigration. With over half the ballots from Sunday’s vote counted, the right-wing coalition was at 37 percent, including the far-right, eurosceptic League party with 18 percent and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia (Go Italy) party with 14 percent.



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Manhunt underway after shooting leaves two dead at Central Michigan University

Manhunt underway after shooting leaves two dead at Central Michigan UniversityAuthorities are searching for James Eric Davis Jr., a 19-year-old student, after his parents were killed on Friday morning.



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Virginia Mother TerriLynn St. John Found Dead, Covered in Leaves Not Far From Her Home

Virginia Mother TerriLynn St. John Found Dead, Covered in Leaves Not Far From Her HomeThe 23-year-old mother vanished two days ago, leaving her toddlers home alone.



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Plane crash outside Moscow leaves 71 dead amid snowy conditions

Plane crash outside Moscow leaves 71 dead amid snowy conditionsAn airplane carrying 65 passengers and six crew members crashed outside Moscow amid snowy conditions on Sunday.



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Kentucky school shooting leaves two students dead

Kentucky school shooting leaves two students deadA teenage boy opened fire with a handgun at a Kentucky high school early Tuesday, killing two fellow students and wounding more than a dozen people in the latest mass shooting to hit the United States. The unnamed 15-year-old student, now in custody, is alleged to have carried out the attack at Marshall County High School in Benton, a small town in western Kentucky. Two students of the same age died of gunshot wounds, while 13 other people were shot and five suffered other injuries during the shooting, Kentucky State Police said, adding that those hurt ranged in age from 14 to 18 years old.



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