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Fire erupts in another building near Beirut’s port (VIDEO)

PortandTerminal.com, September 15, 2020

Another fire has broken out at a shopping centre being built in Beirut, marking the third blaze in a week in a city still reeling from a devastating explosion at its Port in August.

BEIRUT – The Associated Press is reporting that another fire has broken out in a downtown building near the Port of Beirut.

It is the third fire in the area within a week following two recent fires at the port of Beirut, including a huge one on Thursday that raised panic among residents. Another blaze earlier last week was extinguished quickly. The causes of those fires are unclear.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire in the building that was the work of late Iraq-born British architect Zaha Hadid. The building was still under construction and sits on the main road that passes by the port.

A Civil Defense official said they extinguished the fire, adding that an investigation will be opened. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Beirut’s residents are still shaken by the fire that led to a massive blast on Aug. 4, killing nearly 200, injuring 6,500 and causing damage worth billions of dollars.

The explosion of nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at the port for six years also left a quarter of a million people homeless.

The cause of the explosion and the fire that led to it are still under investigation. The blast led to the government’s resignation six days later.

Lebanon is gripped by an unprecedented economic crisis and financial collapse, blamed on decades of mismanagement and corruption by an entrenched political class.

Last month’s blast is seen as the culmination of leaders unable to manage the country’s affairs or protect its people. So far, authorities have been unable to provide answers about the explosion, and there has been no accountability for it.

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