Smoke could be seen billowing from the rooftop. One person was taken to hospital, but earlier reports of a victim suffering life-threatening injuries were dismissed.
Three people were injured as New York firefighters tackled a small blaze on the roof of Trump Tower. According to the Fire Department, one firefighter was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and two other people were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Among them was a building worker whose injury had initially been described as 'serious'. The New York Times reports one firefighter was hit by falling debris.
The fire was reported shortly after 7am local time. Smoke could be seen billowing from the rooftop of the building, which houses a penthouse condominium owned by the US president and the headquarters of the Trump Organization.
His son Eric, who is the group's executive vice president, tweeted to say the fire was in a cooling tower on the roof. He praised the Fire Department’s quick response and professionalism.
The tower reportedly has two roofs. Mechanical equipment is housed on the lower roof and a higher one covers it. An official with the FDNY said there was no fire actually inside the building.
President Donald Trump had returned to the White House on Sunday (January 7) following a weekend at Camp David.