Fire erupts in building near Beirut’s port, cause unclear


BEIRUT (AP) — A hearth broke out Tuesday in a downtown Beirut constructing close to the town’s port the place an explosion final month killed almost 200, wounded 1000’s and left the town’s residents traumatized.

It was not instantly clear what prompted the hearth within the constructing that was the work of late Iraq-born British architect Zaha Hadid. The constructing was nonetheless below building and sits on the primary street that passes by the port.

A Civil Protection official mentioned they extinguished the hearth, including that an investigation shall be opened. There have been no speedy reviews of accidents.

It was the third fireplace within the space inside every week following two latest fires on the port of Beirut, together with an enormous one on Thursday that raised panic amongst residents. One other blaze earlier final week was extinguished rapidly. The causes of these fires are unclear.

Beirut’s residents are nonetheless shaken by the hearth that led to an enormous blast on Aug. 4, killing almost 200, injuring 6,500 and inflicting injury value billions of {dollars}. The explosion of almost 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate saved on the port for six years additionally left 1 / 4 of 1,000,000 folks homeless.

The reason for the explosion and the hearth that led to it are nonetheless below investigation. The blast led to the federal government’s resignation six days later.

Lebanon is gripped by an unprecedented financial disaster and monetary collapse, blamed on a long time of mismanagement and corruption by an entrenched political class.

Final month’s blast is seen because the end result of leaders unable to handle the nation’s affairs or defend its folks. Thus far, authorities have been unable to supply solutions concerning the explosion, and there was no accountability for it.


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