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Trump Organization Sues Man Who Died in Trump Tower Fire

The board of Trump Tower Condominium — through Trump Organization lawyer Sonja Talesnik — filed the suit

What to Know

  • The improper use of multiple power strips caused the fatal April 7 fire at Trump Tower, the FDNY said
  • The 50th-floor apartment did not have a smoke alarm
  • The fire killed Todd Brassner, a 67-year-old art and guitar collector; he's being sued by the Trump Organization for $90,000 for unpaid fees

The Trump Organization has filed a lawsuit seeking to reclaim $90,000 in unpaid fees from a Trump Tower resident who died in an April fire at the tower.

The board of Trump Tower Condominium — through Trump Organization lawyer Sonja Talesnik — filed the suit in Manhattan Supreme Court late Tuesday against the estate of 67-year-old Todd Brassner seeking the common charges and fees. The New York Post reports Brassner's heirs, Todd and Heather Brassner, did not return calls seeking comment.

A man was critically injured after a fire erupted in an apartment at Trump Tower in Midtown on Saturday evening, the FDNY said. (Update: Authorities later said the man died and that six firefighters were injured.)

The New York Fire Department has said the fire was accidental and Brassner's apartment did not have a smoke alarm. The apartment didn't have sprinklers either, due to a loophole in city regulations applying to high-rise buildings like Trump Tower.

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