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Trump Tower fire in NY caused by overloaded power strips

NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities say overloaded power strips sparked the deadly Trump Tower fire in New York City that sent flames and thick, black smoke pouring from windows of the president's name-sake skyscraper.

The New York Fire Department on Monday said the April 7 fire in a 50th floor apartment on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue was accidental, caused by "sequenced power strips powering multiple components."

Sixty-seven-year-old Todd Brassner died after being pulled from the apartment, which did not have sprinklers or a smoke alarm. Brassner was an art collector who spent time with Andy Warhol.

The 58-story tower opened in 1983 at a time when building codes did not require the residential section to have sprinklers, a requirement Donald Trump once fought against as a real estate developer. He later changed his views.

AP-WF-04-16-18 2001GMT

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