‘Unbelievable’: Another fire in Beirut unnerves shattered residents

Elias Hubbard
September 15, 2020

Firefighters Tuesday extinguished a large blaze at an iconic building in central Beirut designed by renowned British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. No casualties were reported. Lebanese broadcaster al-Jadeed earlier showed images of smoke billowing from the building.

Beirut's residents are still shaken by the massive explosion in Beirut's port on August 4 that killed at least 190 people, injured 6,500 and caused billions of dollars in damages, including to tens of thousands of homes.

According to local media reports, the fire erupted near the entrance of the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center, also known as BIEL, which hosts conferences and other cultural events. The causes of those fires are unclear.

Two fires at the port caused alarm and anger among residents last week. The explosion of almost 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at the port for six years also left a quarter of a million people homeless.

Both the explosion and port fires have revived popular outrage against a political class accused of being inept, corrupt and unable to ensure public safety. The disaster sparked massive protests and prompted the resignation of the government.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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