A huge fire broke out Thursday at the Port of Beirut, darkening the sky and sparking panic among residents traumatized by last month’s massive explosion that killed about 190 people and injured 6,000 others.
AP reports it was not immediately clear what caused the fire at the facility, which was decimated by the Aug. 4 explosion when nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate detonated, triggering a shock wave explosion that blasted windows, doors and walls miles away.
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A column of black smoke billowed from the port at midday Thursday, with orange flames leaping from the ground. The Lebanese army said the fire is at a warehouse where oil and tires are placed in the duty free zone at the port adding that fighting the blaze is ongoing.
Army helicopters were soon aloft joining efforts to extinguish the fire.
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State-run National News Agency said the fire was at a warehouse where tires are placed. It added firefighters are dealing with the blaze.
The head of Lebanon’s Red Cross, George Kettaneh, said there was no fear of another explosion and nobody should panic, Reuters reports.
He reassured Beirut there were no injuries, although he said there were some people suffering from shortness of breath as a result and he is awaiting further details from those on the spot.
AP contributed to this report