There was a fire today (Wednesday) at one of Washington, DC’s best known addresses, the Watergate, along the Potomac River in the Northwest section of the city. The five building complex has an office building, a hotel and pricey residential towers.
It was the office building that was home to the Democratic National Committee during the 1972 break-in that eventually brought the resignation of President Richard Nixon. The complex has also been the home of many famous and infamous Washington figures. This includes Attorney General John Mitchell (who served 19-months for his involvement in the Watergate break-in and cover-up) and his almost equally well known wife Martha. Clinton White House intern Monica Lewinsky was also a resident. Lewinsky was next door neighbor to war hero, former presidential candidate and Viagra salesman Senator Robert Dole and his wife Elizabeth. Actor and political commentator Ben (“Anyone, anyone?”) Stein has or had an apartment in the Watergate.
At about 1:40 p.m., D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services tweeted that firefighters were responding to a fire in the 700 block of New Hampshire Avenue NW, which is a residential tower in the five-building complex, which includes office buildings and a hotel.
The fire was on the 13th floor, the tweet said, and smoke had spread throughout several floors.