Trump Tower Residents Say They Are Upset Over How They Learned That Building Was on Fire
Resident Lalitha Masson says she only learned of the fire in her building while watching local news.
New details about the fatal fire that engulfed an apartment on the 50th floor of Trump Tower Saturday have emerged, including minimal guidance the people living there say they received about the blaze.
Several residents say they are upset at the haphazard way they learned about the flames.
Bethenny Frankel’s businessman boyfriend, Dennis Shields, says he only found out when he got a text from President's Trump's embattled lawyer Michael Cohen, who is a childhood friend.
“Michael Cohen, Trump's lawyer, texted me and he said, 'Are you in the building?' and I texted him back, 'Yes.' He said, 'You better get out, there's a fire,'" Shields told CBS News.
Another resident, Lalitha Masson, told Inside Edition she only learned of the fire while watching local news.
"The building did not announce there was a fire and they failed to say to evacuate," she said.
The luxury apartments at Trump Tower do not have sprinklers because the devices were not required when the building went up in 1984.
The apartment where the fire broke out belonged to 67-year-old art dealer Todd Brassner, who lost his life in the blaze. His apartment was filled with $3 million worth of Andy Warhol artwork and vintage guitars.
President Trump's penthouse is six floors above.
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze.
The fire is believed to be accidental. The victim in the fire had been trying to sell his apartment for quite some time, but couldn't find a buyer, according to reports.
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