Fire Erupts in Beirut Souks Building near Port, Cause Unclear

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A fire broke out on Tuesday in a department store under construction in downtown Beirut, adding to the crisis-hit country’s woes already reeling from an economic crisis, a colossal explosion at its port and an outbreak of coronavirus.

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

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire in the building that was the work of late Iraq-born British architect Zaha Hadid. The building was still under construction and sits on the main road that passes by the port.

A Civil Defense official said they extinguished the fire, adding that an investigation will be opened. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

It was the third fire in the area within a week following two recent fires at the port of Beirut, including a huge one on Thursday that raised panic among residents. Another blaze earlier last week was extinguished quickly. The causes of those fires are unclear.

Beirut's residents are still shaken by the fire that led to a massive blast on Aug. 4, killing nearly 200, injuring 6,500 and causing damage worth billions of dollars. The explosion of nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at the port for six years also left a quarter of a million people homeless.

The cause of the explosion and the fire that led to it are still under investigation. The blast led to the government's resignation six days later.

Lebanon is gripped by an unprecedented economic crisis and financial collapse, blamed on decades of mismanagement and corruption by an entrenched political class.

Last month's blast is seen as the culmination of leaders unable to manage the country's affairs or protect its people. So far, authorities have been unable to provide answers about the explosion, and there has been no accountability for it.

Comments 7
Thumb s.o.s 12 days

The tragedy goes on under the best president Lebanon ever got.

Default-user-icon wawaaaa (Guest) 12 days

the president is now supposed to watch every building in the country and make sure no fires start? this incessant whining over any and every thing is becoming ridiculous and decredibilising the real demands

Missing logik 12 days

Not him literally, but he's the President and him and his bastards are responsible whichever way you look at it.

Default-user-icon Curious (Guest) 12 days

it's weird that up to now, no one said hizb behind it or hizb has some arms hidden there or that president aoun responsible for the fire. I would really like to see such comments it would be fun . YOu guys and your comments are hilarious .

Missing rami 12 days

Ils sont en manque de couches au palais, tu connais un fournisseur qui a du stock
s.o.s?

Thumb blablablablabla 12 days

c'est certain qu'avec tous les trolls de SOS qui se chient dessus à chaque fois depuis le palais du centre il doit s'y connaitre

Missing kazan 12 days

I have the feeling that, a.o. due to the continuous chaos, anarchy will gradually reign in the country.