The Monday morning news cycle is off to a smoking hot start with reports that a fire broke out at Trump Tower in Manhattan.
Firefighters have responded to the blaze which broke out on one of the top floors. Smoke and flames could be seen from the roof. The word is that it was an electrical fire and is now under control thanks to the dedicated men and women of the FDNY.
— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) January 8, 2018
Via The New York City NBC affiliate “Crews Battling Electrical Fire Atop Trump Tower: NYPD”:
Fire crews responded to the roof of Trump Tower for an electrical fire on Monday morning, the NYPD says.
Crews were called to President Donald Trump’s namesake skyscraper at East 57th Street and Fifth Avenue at 6:58 a.m., according to fire officials.
No evacuations were ordered, and there were no injuries, according to the NYPD. Trump was at the White House when the fire broke out.
Cameras on the top of Rockefeller Center, about seven blocks away, showed firefighters crowding around on the top of the building as smoke emitted from one corner of the roof about 7:30 a.m.
By 8 a.m., the smoke had cleared and firefighters appeared to have left the scene, footage showed.
No injuries have been reported and President Trump was not in the building at the time.
Fire crews are responding to a fire at Trump Tower. There have been no injuries or evacuations, and the President is not currently at Trump Tower. pic.twitter.com/xcsHVX5bhP
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 8, 2018
FDNYalerts MAN 7-5 721 5 AVE, MULTIPLE DWELLING (TRUMP TOWER) FIRE IN HVAC , LOCATED ON ROOF, UNDER CONTROL
— FDNYalerts (@FDNYAlerts) January 8, 2018
The Washington Post reports that the fire is now under control “Trump Tower rooftop fire ‘under control,’ authorities say”:
Authorities in New York said Monday that emergency crews had responded to a fire at Trump Tower in Manhattan.
A New York Police Department spokesman said a call came in at around 7:30 a.m. about a one-alarm fire on the roof the 68-floor luxury building on 5th Avenue. There were no evacuations, the spokesman said, and the flames are reportedly under control.
The fire department is on the scene, according to authorities.
Fire officials could not immediately be reached for comment, but FDNY tweeted an alert at 8:16 a.m., saying the blaze inside an HVAC system is “under control.”
Police said no injuries had been reported, but a reporter with CW affiliate WPIX said officials confirmed two people had been injured.
President Trump was in Washington on Monday morning, according to his public White House schedule.
The Manhattan high rise that bears his name houses Trump and his family in a penthouse condominium. Trump Tower was also the setting for the developer-turned-president’s reality TV show, “The Apprentice,” and the headquarters of his presidential campaign.
God only knows what kind of kooky conspiracy theories on the blaze will make the morning liberal chat fests on cable television this morning.
I’m sure Morning Joe will be bouncing off the walls trying to claim that the fire was set to destroy evidence of Russian collusion. Trump’s enemies will never give up.
The president’s son Eric tweeted his support for the first responders:
There was a small electrical fire in a cooling tower on the roof of Trump Tower. The New York Fire Department was here within minutes and did an incredible job. The men and women of the #FDNY are true heroes and deserve our most sincere thanks and praise! https://t.co/xuTmq1GBbj
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) January 8, 2018
Move along folks, nothing to see here.