Iconic Watergate complex in Washington catches fire
The blaze was reported as Washington was captivated in the throes of another political scandal, as President-elect Donald Trump blasted BuzzFeed and CNN over a “fake news” report alleging he had engaged in sexual perversions while visiting Russia.
And, as if to prove the universe has a sense of humor, there is currently a fire at the Watergate— Jeremy Venook (@JVenook) January 11, 2017
According to the DC Fire Department, the fire broke out inside a vacant apartment on the 13th floor.
All of a sudden we look out the window and see a condo has caught fire in Watergate 700. DC FD is on the scene now. pic.twitter.com/xthCj7AXru— Jocelyn (@jocemiller) January 11, 2017
Located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of the US capital, Watergate is made up of five distinct-looking buildings overlooking the Potomac River and Rock Creek.
Fire on balcony at residential Watergate building. Fire Dept is on scene pic.twitter.com/ESrhWMLWDg— Lee Mayer (@Lmayer2) January 11, 2017
In 1972 the Democratic National Committee had its offices on the 6th floor of the Watergate Hotel and Office Building. Operatives from Nixon’s re-election campaign broke into the DNC offices, and Nixon attempted to cover it up. Information about the break-in and the cover-up was leaked to the press by the anonymous source known only as “Deep Throat.”
Though Nixon was re-elected, the Watergate scandal forced him to resign from office in August 1974, the first and only US president ever to do so.