Fire breaks out at Trump Tower: fire department

Fire trucks arrive outside Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in New York during a fire on the 50th floor of the building owned by US President Donald Trump

New York (AFP) – A fire erupted on the 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York late Saturday, the fire department said, adding there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Smoke rose from the skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan around 6:00 pm (2200 GMT) but later subsided.

Streets surrounding the building owned by US President Donald Trump that serves as the headquarters for The Trump Organization and houses a penthouse, were closed off.

The New York City Fire Department tweeted a picture of the building showing flames but the blaze appeared to have been contained as firefighters made their way into the building.

Trump himself said the blaze had been extinguished.

“Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!” he wrote on Twitter.