Lebanon: Firefighters Put Out Blaze in Beirut Iconic Building

Clay Curtis
September 15, 2020

The building was still under construction and sits on the main road that passes by the port.

A fire has broken out in a building in Beirut near the city's port where an explosion killed almost 200 people, wounded thousands and left the city's residents traumatised last month.

Footage shared on social media showed black clouds of smoke billowing off of bright red flames that climbed up the side of the curvaceous building with latticed covering. "We are discovering hotspots of the blaze", a member of the Lebanese civil defence told Sputnik. Broadcaster al-Jadeed said a landmark building designed by the late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid was on fire.

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AFP reporters at the scene saw firefighters use a crane to aim water hoses at its smouldering facade.

Just a few days ago, another major fire occurred in the port of Lebanon's capital, which was previously devastated by a giant blast in August that claimed lives of 190 people. The causes of those fires are unclear. The disaster sparked massive protests and prompted the resignation of the government.

Another large blaze broke out amid the ruins at the city's port last just week, scaring the residents once again.

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