Fire Erupts in Building in Beirut’s Commercial District


Just a few days ago, another major fire occurred in the port of Lebanon’s capital, which was previously devastated by a giant blast in August that claimed lives of 190 people. August’s deadly blast was caused by the detonation of several tonnes of ammonium nitrate, an explosive fertilizer, which had been stored at the port for several years.

A major fire erupted in Beirut on Tuesday, hitting the downtown commercial district. Numerous videos showing the flames and a cloud of smoke were uploaded by witnesses on social media.

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.

— Hussein 🇱🇧 (@HusseinS1010) September 15, 2020

At the moment, there is no official information about the cause of the fire or possible victims.

دخان يتصاعد من اسواق بيروت.. من دون معرفة الاسباب ومناشدة للدفاع المدني لاطفاء الحريق .. #بيروت

— Salman Andary (@salmanonline) September 15, 2020

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



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