Just before 7.a.m. 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.
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
Following the news that the fire appears to have been a minor incident, the Internet immediately began turning the event into a meme.
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
Others 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
There's a fire on the roof of Trump Tower.— Rex Tilllersom (@RexTilllersom) January 8, 2018
Apparently, this is where Hillary Clinton was storing those election night fireworks that she'll never get to use.
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.— Alexander L. King (@1101LittleOne) January 8, 2018
Trump Tower: Hold my beer.
That fire on top of trump tower is where Frodo is suppose to throw that ring— gigi hadude (@TheRealKominas) January 8, 2018