Former Trump Tower Catches Fire in Azerbaijan's Capital

It's the third fire to break out at a Trump property this year.

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A view of the Trump Tower in Baku. On Monday, May 22, 2017 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Trump Tower

Another property with connections to President Donald Trump caught fire this weekend.

According to Radio Free Europe, the blaze broke out in a 33-story building in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku. Firefighters arrived at the scene and extinguished the flames by the afternoon, but then the fire started up again, the New York Times reports. The 33-floor building was engulfed in flames by Saturday evening. The source of the fire has not been determined.

The building was under construction and was initially supposed to be a Trump hotel. Then, after Trump won the election, he cut back on international projects that could pose a conflict of interest, leading to the licensing deal's cancellation. 

The Trump Organization's partner in the project was the son of Azerbaijan's transport minister Ziya Mammadov, who has been accused of being behind a money-laundering scheme for Iran's Revolutionary Guard, according to the New Yorker.

Trump Tower in New York has already caught on fire twice this year. A fire briefly broke out on the rooftop in January, and another killed one resident on April 7.

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