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    Trump Tower fire in NY caused by overloaded power strips

    People work above the site of a fatal fire on Trump Tower in New York, Monday, April 9, 2018. A raging fire that tore through a 50th-floor apartment at Trump Tower on Saturday killed a man inside and sent flames and thick, black smoke pouring from windows of the president's namesake skyscraper. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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    People work above the site of a fatal fire on Trump Tower in New York on April 9.

    NEW YORK — 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.

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    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.