Port of Beirut: a gigantic fire a few weeks after the explosion
Port of Beirut; A gigantic fire broke out on Thursday in the port of Beirut, a few weeks after the explosion. The fire came from a warehouse where motor oil and car wheels were stored.
A gigantic fire broke out on Thursday, September 10, in a warehouse in the port of Beirut, sowing panic among Lebanese still in shock from the deadly and devastating explosion that traumatized the capital five weeks ago.
Thick columns of black smoke are visible from several quarters of the capital. The fire hit a warehouse where motor oil and car wheels are stored, the Lebanese military said in a statement.
The fire broke out in the port’s free zone, where tires and edible oils were stored by an importing company, the port’s acting director, Bassem al-Kaissi, told a local television station.
Port of Beirut, The fire “started with the cans of oil before spreading to the tires”, he added, without being able to specify the origin. It is either because of the heat or of an error, it is still too early to know it “, continued the director.
The Lebanese army’s civil defense and helicopter teams were working to put out the blaze, according to an AFP correspondent. Security forces closed the roads near the port to traffic. The head of the Lebanese Red Cross, George Kettaneh, has ruled out any risk of another explosion. He added that a few people had suffered from breathing difficulties, but no injuries were reported.
Civil defense trucks were dispatched to the site of the blaze, while the army deployed helicopters to try to put out the flames. On social media, many videos show a large fireball and thick columns of black smoke. The Arabic hashtag #PortdeBeyrouth is among the most used on Twitter.
“Mad fire at the port, causing panic throughout Beirut. We cannot have a break,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) researcher Aya Majzoub lamented on Twitter.
On August 4, a gigantic explosion at the port, triggered by a fire, devastated entire areas of the capital, killing at least 190 people and over 6,500 others.