A Large Fire Started In The Port Of Beirut
On the territory of the port of Beirut, a strong fire started, Twitter users post videos on the network.
According to Reuters, a column of thick black smoke is observed three kilometers from the Sea Harbor. According to the Director-General of the Lebanese red cross, the fire was caused by arson of garbage in the port. Lebanese media also claim that the fire broke out on the site of one of the hangars on the territory of Duty-Free. The fire is being contained by fire departments and the military.
As a representative of the Lebanese army later told local media, the fire started in a warehouse with car oils and tires.
The cause of the fire is unknown. Fire engines and ambulances are being sent to the area of the incident. Workers urgently leave the territory of the port.
According to the Al Arabiya TV channel, the fire started in a warehouse of automobile tires and fuel and lubricants located in the seaport area.
Earlier, a powerful explosion in the port of Beirut on August 4 killed 190 people. The explosion was caused by the detonation of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse in the port. After the tragedy, protests began in the country, amid which the government of Lebanon resigned in full.
The army said it was not immediately clear why the oil and tyres had erupted in flames and said it was sending helicopters to help bring the fire under control. Television footage showed a helicopter dropping water on the blaze.
The blaze erupted in the duty free zone of the port, sending a huge column of smoke above a city still traumatised by the explosion on Aug. 4 that killed about 190 people and injured 6,000 people.
The head of Lebanon’s Red Cross, George Kettaneh, said there was no fear of another explosion as a result of the flames and said there were no injuries, although he said there were some people suffering from shortness of breath as a result.