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The fire caused smoke to be seen billowing from the roof of the skyscraper, which is home to President Donald Trump‘s luxury apartment.
Trump was in Washington D.C. at the time of the fire.
The president’s son, Eric Trump, praised first responders for their work battling the fire.
“There was a small electrical fire in a cooling tower on the roof of Trump Tower,” he wrote on Monday morning. “The New York Fire Department was here within minutes and did an incredible job. The men and women of the
#FDNY are true heroes and deserve our most sincere thanks and praise!”
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 #FDNY are true heroes and deserve our most sincere thanks and praise! https://t.co/xuTmq1GBbj— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) January 8, 2018
While the fire was relatively small and did not spread, it did not stop conspiracy theories from cropping up online.
At least one page on Facebook already began spreading rumors that the president may have died in the fire.
The page, Neon Nettle, posted that it had “sources” that told them it was a “deep state assassination attempt.”
But they weren’t alone. Other people thought the fire must have been nefarious in nature.
I'll be willing to bet this was intentionally set. The people can't destroy Trump the conventional way so they need to resort to desperate measures. https://t.co/qCycZU2JXu— TJL (@TrumpsDC) January 8, 2018
@B75434425— 🌹~☆#JusticeForBrianTerry☆~🌹 (@laura_tieffel) January 8, 2018
Trump Tower on Fire.... was it intentional? Clinton Fire....
Trump tower fire is arson— ToH Phiq (@Tuff_Glory) January 8, 2018
Other people thought the fire was an opportunity to crack a joke.
Fire and Fury in the "Trump Tower" pic.twitter.com/jbP8ywpSr6— Abishek KS (@Abishekk) January 8, 2018
That isn't a fire at Trump Tower. It's just Donald declaring himself the new Pope.— Sartorial Bitcoin-Thug (@SartorialThug) January 8, 2018
Reports that the fire at Trump Tower started in a pair of pants.— Dave The Happy Singer (@HappySinger) January 8, 2018
The Stable Genius trying to toast pop tarts againhttps://t.co/pV1zlU3Peo— voize_of_reazon (@Voize_of_Reazon) January 8, 2018
The fire comes less than a week after a fire at Hillary Clinton’s house became fodder for conspiracy theories as well.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).