Big fire breaks out at Beirut port area over a month after deadly blast

(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

A huge fire broke out at the Beirut port area engulfing a warehouse, a month after the massive blast in which over 190 people were killed and several hundred were injured.

The fire erupted in the duty-free zone of the port, sending a huge column of smoke above the city. The military source said the cause of the blaze was not immediately clear.

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

About 190 people were killed in last month’s explosion and a swathe of Beirut near the port was ruined. The blast was caused by a huge store of ammonium nitrate that had been kept at the port in poor condition for years.

Twenty-five suspects have been arrested so far, including port director-general Hassan Koraytem and customs chief Badri Daher.

The Lebanese army had said last week that it had found another 4.35 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored inside containers at an entrance to the port.

Source: Reuters


Publish : 2020-09-10 17:20:21

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