A fire broke out on the 13th floor of the famous Watergate Complex in Washington, DC. The fire happened on the 700 block of New Hampshire Avenue Northwest around 1:45 P.M. The fire department is on the scene and the fire has since been put out. The DCFD is dealing with smoke conditions on several floors.
At this time, it is unclear what caused the fire. Fire officials said there is water on the fire but smoke has impacted several floors. There were no injuries.
The Watergate Building is one of the most infamous buildings in America. Back in 1972, the Democratic National Committee offices were located on the sixth floor of the Watergate Hotel and Office Building. Operatives from Richard Nixon’s campaign broke into said offices while Nixon attempted to cover it up. This led to information about the break-in and the cover-up being leaked to the press by the anonymous source known only as “Deep Throat.”
Although Nixon was ultimately re-elected, the Watergate scandal forced him to resign from office in August 1974. Nixon is still the first and only American president forced to resign.
Watergate update. Water on fire. Smoke conditions several floors. No injuries. pic.twitter.com/eASnNbauSv
— DC Fire and EMS #StayHomeDC (@dcfireems) January 11, 2017
Is it ironic that a building famous for and synonymous with American government corruption caught fire on the 13th (!!!) floor on the day of Trump’s first press conference since winning the election? That’s for you to decide.