Trump’s former Baku hotel caught on fire twice in one night

Authorities have not disclosed the cause of either blaze

Apr.April 29, 2018 05:48 PM

From left: Donald Trump in August 2015, the former Trump Hotel in Baku. (Credit: Michael Vadon, Chuck Morave)

The Trump Organisation’s former hotel in Baku caught on fire twice over the course of Saturday night in the capital city of Azerbaijan.

The blazes in the 33-story building took hours to douse, and officials have not revealed the cause of the fires, according to the Associated Press.

The building was initially constructed to be a Trump-branded hotel, however the organisation cancelled the licensing deal after President Donald Trump’s election in December 2016. Trump’s partners included a family suspected of laundering money for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

The building is still not open, but is reportedly being re-purposed to be a business center, according to AP.

President Trump may have earned up to $2.8 million from the incomplete hotel before the deal was cancelled. [AP]Erin Hudson

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