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Victim in fatal Trump Tower fire detested prez, thought about selling

Todd Brassner found many neighbors with the same idea
April 22, 2018 11:00AM

The Trump Tower resident who died when a fire broke out inside his apartment earlier this month had previously thought about selling the home, but found too many others with the same idea.

Todd Brassner, 67, was appalled when Donald Trump won the Republican nomination and then the presidency, his friend Rachael Caine told the Huffington Post. He started to hate living in the building with Trump’s name on it, as well as the constant protests, roadblocks and Secret Service presence.

Caine said her friend considered selling and leaving, but found too many other owners also wanted to dump their homes, and that buyers weren’t interested.

There are 22 units available in the building, eight of which have recently reduced prices.

“The number of properties on the market at Trump Tower has doubled in the past year,” Brown Harris Stevens’ Wendy Maitland said. “There are many buyers who just won’t go anywhere near it. I guess they may not want to be associated with the Trump brand.”

Brassner’s apartment did not have sprinklers inside of it. Following a pair of fatal fires in the late 1990s, Trump had lobbied against a new law requiring landlords to retrofit existing buildings – like Trump Tower – with sprinklers. [HuffPo] – Rich Bockmann