PortandTerminal.com, September 10, 2020
BEIRUT – A large fire has broken out in Beirut’s port near the site of last month’s explosion, which devastated entire neighborhoods in Lebanon’s capital.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
Videos posted to social media taken at the scene show flames engulfing an already damaged warehouse in the port and a thick plume of smoke rising from the area.
The fire was burning in a warehouse that had been damaged in the previous explosion. While much of the port was leveled by the August blast, the latest fire apparently began in the teetering skeleton of one of the remaining buildings.
Panicked residents — still struggling to get over last month’s catastrophic explosion — cracked open windows and called each other to warn them of the new fire. Local TV stations said the companies that have offices near the port have asked their employees to leave the area. Lebanese troops closed the major road that passes near the port referring traffic to other areas.
This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.
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