UPDATE, 11:10 a.m. EDT: A spokesman for the Washington, D.C., fire department, Oscar Mendez, told the Associated Press that three stories of the garage collapsed at about 10 a.m. One person was trapped.

ABC News reported that more than 25 firefighters had responded to the scene in the 2600 block of Northwest Virginia Avenue. 


The Watergate Hotel is undergoing a $125 million renovation. In December, the owners told the Washington Post they wanted to reopen it this summer.

Original story: Part of the parking garage in the renowned Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., reportedly experienced a "catastrophic collapse" Friday morning. City fire department officials confirmed to WUSA 9 at least two floors fell, and the local Fox TV station reported that at least one person was injured. The damage was initially linked to construction there, though some Twitter users speculated that a sinkhole caused the collapse.

The Watergate Hotel rose to prominence in the 1970s after a break-in at the Democratic National Committee offices there. News eventually emerged that President Richard Nixon tried to cover up the incident, and he resigned in 1974 as a result.