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Trump Tower fire sparks call to close sprinkler loophole

Trump Tower fire sparks call to close sprinkler loophole

Two days after a 67-year-old man died in an apartment fire in Trump Tower, City Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. is proposing new fire-sprinkler regulations that would affect the building.

Trump Tower was exempt from a 1999 law mandating sprinklers in residential buildings with four or more apartments, because it was built before the law was passed.

But Cornegy, who chairs the Housing and Buildings Committee, said he wants to amend the law to require buildings constructed before 1999 to comply with the sprinkler code.

Trump and the real-estate industry lobbied against such a requirement when the 1999 law was in the works, arguing that installing sprinklers in old buildings at an estimated $4 per square foot would be too expensive.

Then-Mayor Giuliani also acknowledged that tearing up old buildings to install sprinklers would likely trigger costly asbestos-abatement requirements, according to a New York Times report at the time.

Cornegy spokesman Keegan Sheehan said the Council will consider asbestos when drafting the bill

Trump Tower resident Todd Brassner died Saturday while a four-alarm fire ripped through his 50th-floor apartment in Trump Tower.

The building only has fire sprinklers on commercial floors.

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