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Trump Tower in New York City.

An electrical fire broke out on the roof of the 68-floor Trump Tower in Manhattan early Monday morning.

The incident occurred at about 7 am, just at the start of the morning rush hour in the city.

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The blaze erupted when empty water storage units caught fire atop the building at 721 Fifth Avenue, according to the New York Post and other local media.

Secret Service Agents noticed the smoke billowing from the roof, and called a fire safety official in the lobby, who tracked down the blaze, according to FDNY Assistant Fire Chief Roger Sakowich.

The fire never entered the building, and the situation was brought under control by 8:13 am.

One firefighter was injured when debris fell on him, according to Sakowich. A civilian was also injured. “We had one engineer that got up there with a fire extinguisher and breathed in some of the smoke, but he’s refused medical attention,” Sakowich said.

President Donald Trump, who owns the building and resides in the penthouse when he is in New York, was in Washington DC at the time of the blaze. His son Eric Trump tweeted his praise of the firefighters for their quick response.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>There was a small electrical fire in a cooling tower on the roof of Trump Tower. The New York Fire Department was here within minutes and did an incredible job. The men and women of the <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/FDNY?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#FDNY</a> are true heroes and deserve our most sincere thanks and praise! <a href=”https://t.co/xuTmq1GBbj”>https://t.co/xuTmq1GBbj</a></p>&mdash; Eric Trump (@EricTrump) <a href=”https://twitter.com/EricTrump/status/950358952851755009?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>January 8, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.