A huge blaze broke out in Beirut’s port on Thursday, just weeks after a massive blast at the same site laid waste to the capital city, killing nearly 200 people. Residents still reeling from that devastating explosion were told by Beirut Governor Marwan Abboud to stay clear of the port area “for their safety” and to allow firefighters to perform their duties unhindered, state news agency NNA reported.
The cause of the fire was not immediately clear, but the Lebanese army said in a statement that it began at a warehouse where oil and tires are kept in the port’s duty-free market. No casualties have been reported. At the scene, a warehouse engulfed in flames sent plumes of black smoke rising into the sky. Many Beirut residents sharing videos on social media expressed their dismay that yet another disaster was unfolding in their city, saying that the scenes were all too familiar.
Efforts are underway to extinguish the fire, which appears to have spread to adjacent warehouses. Helicopters were dousing the flames. firefighters are working to bring the blaze under control, all roads leading to the port were blocked off and traffic diverted to alternative routes, according to NNA.
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