Fire Erupts in Building in Beirut's Commercial District

Fire in landmark building in central Beirut put out: report

Fire in landmark building in central Beirut put out: report

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

According to media, the landmark building, engulfed in flames, had been designed by the late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid.

On August 4, a fire at a warehouse in Beirut's port caused a massive stash of ammonium nitrate to detonate and send out a powerful shockwave.

"What was on fire was the insulation that separates the outside from the inside" of the building, a civil defence officer told AFP.

A Reuters witness said part of one side of the building was smouldering as firefighters hosed it down.

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"We were able in the fastest time possible to control the blaze", he said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire.

The building lies near the city's port where an explosion last month killed almost 200, wounded thousands and left the city's residents traumatized.

Another large blaze broke out amid the ruins at the city's port last just week, scaring the residents once again. The cause of that fire is still under investigation. The blast led to the government's resignation six days later.

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