A tower in Azerbaijan that was destined to be part of the Trump empire had two fires break out inside, but investigators aren’t saying what caused them. The flames broke out within hours, demanding the attention of both local and national emergency personnel to deal with the situation.
A former Trump-affiliated property in Azerbaijan is recovering from two fires that broke out within hours of each other. The Associated Press reports the causes of the fires are still unknown.
The first fire started Saturday afternoon, April 28, 2018, on the 18th floor. The emergency situations minister responded with firefighters and other first responders to put out the flames. According to senior officials, the fire burned for a “long time” because they had trouble getting water. Investigators are currently looking into the cause.
The second fire broke out in the evening hours of Saturday, on the heels of the first. Nobody was injured in either emergency and exterior damage to the 33-story building appeared to be minimal.
The Trump Organization originally licensed their name to the building, with the intention of opening a hotel in the former Soviet nation. After Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, the plan was scrapped, and the Trump name was removed. Despite the licensing agreement falling through, the company still earned between $2.5 and $2.8 million in fees. It was rumored that the building would open as a business center but plans to move forward have stalled.
Since their namesake leader ascended to the presidency, Trump properties have seen a rash of incidents, ranging from fires to the removal of the brand. In Panama, Trump staff from the Ocean Club International Hotel were escorted out by police while the building owner removed the name from the front of the building. And in 2017, two fires broke out at Trump-branded buildings: one in Las Vegas and one in New York.