On Monday morning, social media users took to Twitter to share photos and videos of what appeared to be a fire coming from Trump Tower in New York City.
Seems to be a fire at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan pic.twitter.com/7gEEi2ONGf
— steven rabinowitz (@nycpov) January 8, 2018
The FDNY responded and later confirmed that the fire was thankfully small, and contained to a heating and cooling unit on the roof of the building. The fire was extinguished, and there were only two minor injuries.
Eric Trump tweeted about “a small electrical fire in a cooling tower.”
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
After information that the fire appears to have been a minor incident, the Internet immediately began turning the event into a meme.
Breaking: Flames still visible at top of Trump Tower. pic.twitter.com/ubPYcESIIY
— Michael Moran (@TheMichaelMoran) January 8, 2018
Breaking: The blaze at Trump Tower was reportedly caused by the president’s pants which are frequently, if not always, on fire.
— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) January 8, 2018
Some users commented that the color of the smoke was white, similar to that used by Vatican officials to indicate the election of a new Pope. An FDNY spokesman explained that due to freezing conditions, the smoke was also mixed with steam.
That isn't a fire at Trump Tower. It's just Donald declaring himself the new Pope.
— Sartorial Bitcoin-Thug (@SartorialThug) January 8, 2018
News From Trump Tower
Trump has now become Pope of the United States. pic.twitter.com/RlwRm0z1gv
— Donald J. Trump (@AKADonaldTrump) January 8, 2018
Either Ivanka, Jared, Melania and the rest of the family are choosing a new Pope or Trump Tower is on fire. pic.twitter.com/Xfzf4zDy2Q
— Trump's not my Pres (@Nysteveo2AOLcom) January 8, 2018
Some of Twitter users saw the event as a metaphor.
Trump Tower on fire seems a pretty good metaphor for 2018.
— Alt Fed-up Employee (@Alt_FedEmployee) January 8, 2018
Trump Tower is on fire…… not naming any names but. pic.twitter.com/LAOmd9PelJ
— Allen Crouch (@Allencrouch) January 8, 2018
There's a fire on the roof of Trump Tower.
Apparently, this is where Hillary Clinton was storing those election night fireworks that she'll never get to use.
— Rex Tillersom (@RexTillersom) January 8, 2018
— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) January 8, 2018
Others pointed out that there had been a small fire at a property of Bill and Hillary Clinton in Chappaqua, New York, last Wednesday.
Clinton Foundation: Our fire is big.
Trump Tower: Hold my beer.
— Alexander L. King (@1101LittleOne) January 8, 2018
I'm guessing the fire at Trump tower started in the room he keeps all his pants in.#LiarLiar
— The Gnurb (@TheGnurb) January 8, 2018
liar liar trump tower on fire
— your good friend, alica (@qlitterbug) January 8, 2018
That fire on top of trump tower is where Frodo is suppose to throw that ring
— gigi hadude (@TheRealKominas) January 8, 2018
— Josh Miccolo (@JMiccolo) January 8, 2018