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Large fire erupts in Beirut’s port area, month after massive explosion

Gulmeena HamidWeb Editor

10th Sep, 2020. 09:01 pm
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Large fire erupts in Beirut’s port area, month after massive explosion

A store of tires and oil at the Beirut port caught fire on Thursday, almost after a month when a massive explosion devastated the port and the surrounding residential area of the capital city of Beirut, according to a military source.

The military source added that the fire erupted in the duty-free zone of the port, sending a huge column of smoke in the city. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire.

However, the director-general of the Beirut port told the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation that the blaze broke out in the building of a company that imports frying oil. It then spread to rubber tires, he said.

Television footage showed firefighters trying to douse the blaze at the port, where warehouses and concrete grain silos were shattered by the August 4 blast.

About 190 people were killed in last month’s explosion. It was considered to be one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions ever recorded.

The blast was caused by a huge store of ammonium nitrate that had been kept at the port in poor condition for years.

According to a report issued on Sunday by the presidency of the council of ministers, the August 4 explosion left at least 300,000 people homeless and caused $15 billion damage.