Beirut Port on fire barely a Month after fatal explosion

The city of Beirut was once again thrown into turmoil on Thursday barely one month after the fatal explosion at the port

The blaze erupted in the duty free zone of the port, sending a huge column of smoke above a city still traumatised by the explosion on Aug. 4 that killed about 190 people and injured 6,000 people.

A military source said the fire was started at a storage facility holding oil and tyres.

However, the army said it was not immediately clear why the oil and tyres had erupted in flames and said it was sending helicopters to help bring the fire under control.

The head of Lebanon’s Red Cross, George Kettaneh, said there was no fear of another explosion as a result of the flames and said there were no injuries, although he said there were some people suffering from shortness of breath as a result.

The blast last month was caused as a result of huge store of ammonium nitrate that had been kept in poor condition for years.

Kevin Ifedayo

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