The president was in Washington DC at the time. A few remained on the roof about an hour later after the fire was brought under control, the fire service said.
President Donald Trump was not at the high-rise at the time of the fire.
One firefighter was hospitalised with nonlife-threatening injuries and a building worker, who had an injury that was initially described as serious, was treated at the scene and declined further medical attention, the Fire Department said. NY time, reportedly by Secret Service agents. His son Eric Trump tweeted his praise of the firefighters for their quick response.