It does not appear to have been a code violation – it was grandfathered in. But there were no sprinklers in the upper floors of Trump Tower. From the AP …
Trump tweeted that the fire was “Very confined (well built building).”
Asked if that assessment was accurate, Nigro said, “It’s a well built building. The upper floors, the residence floors, are not sprinklered.”
Fire sprinklers were not required in New York City highrises when Trump Tower was completed in 1983.
Subsequent updates to the building code required commercial skyscrapers to install the sprinklers retroactively, but owners of older residential highrises are not required to install sprinklers unless the building undergoes major renovations.
The 664-foot Trump Tower has 58 stories, though the top floor is numbered 68.