Large Fire Rocks Beirut Port Few Months After Explosion

On Thursday, a huge fire has erupted in Beirut Port, just a few months after the Explosion which occurred.

Thick black columns of smoke rose into the sky, as the army said it had engulfed a warehouse storing engine oil and vehicle tyres.

Several workers told local media that there had been clearance efforts under way inside the warehouse to remove debris from last month’s explosion, at which point the fire caught hold.

As was the case with the August disaster, firefighters arrived on the scene without being informed of exactly what was on fire.

Lieutenant Michel Murr, who oversees firefighting efforts in Beirut, said he could not entirely rule out the presence of explosive material in the area, but said it was unlikely.

“We’re being as careful as we can be given the situation,” Murr added, noting that there were no injuries resulting from the fire.

He said they were working to “contain” the fire but had not yet been able to control it as of 2:30pm (11:30 GMT). Army helicopters were brought in to assist in the efforts.

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