Trump Condo Board Asks Court to Intervene in Deadly Fire Case April Blaze Prompts Conversation About Sprinkler Requirements

Fire in Trump Tower on April 7th, 2018 (Archive) (Photo by Marco Verch/Flickr)

A fire at Trump Tower last April that killed one resident and brought up the issue of retrofitting sprinklers in older buildings has entered into the legal arena.

This past July, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, the Trump Tower condo board filed with Manhattan Surrogate's Court to compel relatives of Todd Brassner, owner of the condo where the fire took place, who later died as a result--or a public administrator of his estate--to do something about the fire-damaged apartment.

According to the board, the damage to Brassner’s unit had proven to be a hindrance to approximately a dozen fellow residents who will not be able to return to their homes until repairs are handled. In the filing, Beqir Ukaj, resident manager of the property, said that “The owners of those units cannot move back into their residences because of the acrid smoke smell emanating from the charred remains in Unit 50C, which is overwhelming, inescapable and unbearable.”

At the time of the article’s publication, no one had stepped up on Brassner's behalf, including his brother Howard. The latter declined to comment to the Journal.

“Once a fiduciary is appointed, repairs can immediately begin,” Thomas DeMicco, an attorney for the condo board, told the Journal.


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