A immense fire broke out Thursday at the Port of Beirut, triggering panic among residents traumatised by final month’s massive explosion there that killed and injured thousands of people.
It was once not immediately lucid what caused the fire at the facility, which was once decimated by the August 4 explosion when almost 3,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate detonated, triggering a shock wave explosion that blasted windows, doors and walls miles absent.
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A column of black smoke billowed from the port at noon Thursday, with orange flames leaping from the ground. The Lebanese army said the fire is at a warehouse where oil and tires are placed in the duty free zone at the port adding that fighting the blaze is ongoing and that army helicopters are taking part in the operation.
Panicked residents — still struggling to receive over final month’s catastrophic explosion — cracked open windows and called every other to warn them of the new fire. Native TV stations said the companies that have offices close the port have asked their employees to leave the area. Lebanese troops closed the major street that passes close the port referring traffic to other areas.
The August 4 explosion killed more than 190 people, injured around 6,500 and damaged thousands of buildings in the Lebanese capital. The sight of another immense fire a month later created panic among residents traumatized by final month’s explosion.
State-run National News Agency said the fire was once at a warehouse where tires are placed. It added that firefighters are dealing with the blaze. Army helicopters were taking part in efforts to extinguish the fire.
A video circulating on social media showed workers at the port running absent in fear as soon as the fire broke out, a chilling reminder of final month’s blast that killed dozens of port employees and 10 fire fighters.
Beirut Gov Marwan Abboud and authorities called on people to stay absent from streets leading to the port to allow fire engines to move quickly.
Police spokesman Col. Joseph Msalam said they have got no information approximately what is occurring at the port adding that the facility is currently under regulate of the army.
Asked approximately reports that the fire was once caused by burning tires and oil, he said: “I don’t realize. It could be containers. I in point of fact don’t realize what is there.” It was once the second one fire at the port this week. On Tuesday, a small fire erupted, also creating some panic, that was once quickly extinguished.