No, it costs too much

Of course.

President Donald Trump previously lobbied against a proposed bill requiring high-rise buildings, like Trump Tower, to install life-saving sprinkler systems. A fire in his 5th Avenue building Saturday, with no sprinklers present, left one person dead and multiple firefighters injured.

Then one of New York’s most prominent real estate developers, Trump in 1999 rang city officials to argue against proposed legislation that would have required high-rise landlords to install the systems following fatal high-rise fires in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The December 1998 blazes killed nine people, including seven firemen.

Trump said it would be too expensive. The bill was altered to exclude older buildings, like for instance, oh just picking one at random, Trump Tower, opened in 1983.

Last night’s blaze tore through part of the 50th floor of the 5th Avenue Trump Tower.

“We found fire on the 50th floor of the building. The apartment was entirely on fire. Members pushed in heroically, they were knocking down the fire and found one occupant of the apartment,” Daniel Nigro, Commissioner of the New York City Fire Department, said.

That resident, a 67 year-old man, was found by firefighters passed out from fume inhalation, and later died in hospital. Seven firefighters were also injured in the blaze.

“This was a very difficult fire. As you can imagine, the apartment is quite large, we are 50 stories up,” Nigro said.

With no sprinklers.

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