Fire breaks out in Baku's former Trump Tower


A high-rise building in Azerbaijan's capital that once was meant to be a Trump-branded hotel caught fire Saturday, but the flames were put out and no injuries were reported.

The fire in the unfinished building started just weeks after a man died in an apartment fire in New York's Trump Tower.

No injuries were reported in the blaze.

Reflecting the constructing's significance in Azerbaijan, Emergency Conditions Minister Kamalladin Heydarov was on the scene. Then the fire was extinguished three hours later.

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"The hearth lasted a very long time on account of a scarcity of water", Deputy Minister Etibar Mammadov stated.

Footage on social media showed flames shooting out of the windows and smoke billowing from the 33-floor building, which is still under construction and had been labelled "Donald Trump's Worst Deal" by New Yorker magazine.

The planned hotel had been under construction since 2008 and was nearing completion when Trump announced the licensing agreement six months before joining the presidential race in 2015. Meanwhile, his son's business has a near-monopoly on activities related to the transport sector, like bus and taxi services in Baku, after winning a suspiciously high number of government tenders for transport projects.

The Associated Press reports that Trump earned between $2.5 million and $2.8 million between 2012 and 2016 in hotel management fees despite it never opening to the public.