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.
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.