In addition to Brassner's death, six firefighters were injured while fighting the blaze. Their injuries are not life-threatening, Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said at a news conference. He also gave credence to Trump's claims about the quality of the building. "It’s a well-built building,” Nigro said. “The building sure stood up quite well.” He also acknowledged, though, that the upper floors do not have fire sprinklers.
Others criticized that residents weren't warned about the fire. Reports say that residents were not instructed to evacuate, and that some called the front desk only to find there to be no response. One man told The New York Times that he only left thanks to Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who has been in the news for organizing the non-disclosure agreement with Stormy Daniels.
Dennis Shields, a resident and childhood friend of Cohen, received a text message. “He said, ‘Are you in the building?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘You better get out ASAP.’ That’s how I knew to get out, otherwise I’d still be in there," Cohen told The Times.
Brassner, the man killed, is known for having been a good friend of Andy Warhol, ABC News reported. Twitter users focused on how the president didn't choose to mention that, or anything about him.