By Muhaimin Olowoporoku
Beirut port has been engulfed by fire weeks after a massive blast in the capital of Lebanon.
The Lebanese army in a tweet explained that the inferno was at a warehouse where oil and tyres are stored in the port’s duty-free zone.
Balls of fire ascended the atmosphere sending panic in the already troubled city where over 200 people were killed almost a month ago following massive explosions.
The army in the tweet also explained that helicopters are being deployed to aid in putting the fire off.
A large fire has broken out at Beirut's port, just over a month after a massive blast devastated the port and surrounding residential area of the Lebanese capital. Read more here: https://t.co/tO33UaSz7v pic.twitter.com/D0g4Emp4b2
— Reuters (@Reuters) September 10, 2020
The fire appeared to have started in a warehouse belonging to a private company that imported cooking oil; it then spread to a stock of rubber tires, the port’s interim general manager, Bassem El-Kaissi, said in a telephone interview.
“That is why you see the big black clouds,” Mr. El-Kaissi told The New York Times, adding that it was too early to speculate about how the fire had begun.
— الجيش اللبناني (@LebarmyOfficial) September 10, 2020