Trump Opposed Putting Sprinklers In Trump Tower, Man Dies In Fire, Trump Brags: ‘Well Built’

President Donald Trump opposed placing sprinklers in Trump Tower where 67-year-old Todd Brassner perished in a fire on the a 50th floor on April 7.

 The Trump family has an apartment on the top floors of the 58-story building, and the headquarters of the Trump Organization is on the 26th floor, notes WABC.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said there is extra fire protection at Trump Tower when Trump is there, but the building was not built with fire sprinklers because Trump opposed them, noted The New York Times in 1998:

Landlords and developers like Donald J. Trump have lobbied against sprinklers as unnecessary and expensive, costing up to $4 per square foot, or thousands of dollars for each apartment. New York instead has required that new construction be fire resistant.

The New York Post also reported on Trump’s opposition to installing fire sprinklers in 1999:

Trump has called a dozen council members to lobby against sprinklers, including Speaker Peter Vallone. He has also donated $5,000 to retire Vallone’s campaign debt, and personally telephoned committee chairman Archie Spigner, and Walter McCaffery, the sponsor of the bill. Trump says he can’t afford to install sprinklers in all his buildings.

Despite Trump Tower’s lack of sprinklers, Trump bragged on Twitter how it was well-built and failed to mention the fire victim::

(Sources: WABCThe New York Times, Donald J. Trump/Twitter, New York Post, Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

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