The Washington DC Fire Department is currently on the scene to address the situation. Witnesses said the fire appeared to start on the balcony. Authorities reportedly have contained the immediate threat.
— Patrick Garrigan (@PatrickGarrigan) January 11, 2017
The building overlooks the famous Potomac River slicing through the nation's capital.
— Joe McMonigle (@JoeMcMonigle) January 11, 2017
In the 1970s, the complex gained acclaim as the site of a scandal featuring then President Richard Nixon.
— Robinson Meyer (@yayitsrob) January 11, 2017
The Democratic National Committee once held offices within the five-building complex, specifically at the Watergate Hotel.
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) January 11, 2017
Nixon used his power as president to try covering up a break-in of the party's headquarters. He eventually became the only US president to resign from office in 1974 and his legacy has been scarred by the incident despite garnering success in some policy arenas.