Disasters & Accidents

Fire breaks out at Beirut port month after major explosion

Beirut, Sep 10 (efe-epa).- A fire erupted at a warehouse at the Lebanese capital’s port Thursday, a month after a massive explosion at the same spot.

On 4 August, a blast took place when a warehouse at the port containing ammonium nitrate caught fire, killing more than 190 people and wounding other 6,500.

“A fire broke out at a warehouse for oils and tires at the Free Zone of the port of Beirut, and operations to extinguish it have started. Army helicopters will take part in extinguishing it,” the Lebanese army said in a statement on Twitter.

Attorney General Ghassan Oueidat ordered an immediate investigation into the caues of the fire.

“According to a telephone call with our armed forces and intelligence to conduct an immediate investigation into the fire at Beirut’s port, we decided to assign the task to all security agencies,” the Justice Ministry said in a statement.

Oueidat added that he investigation results must be reported as soon as possible due to the seriousness of the sitution over the public safety.

Meanwhile, interim Justice Minister Marie-Claude Najm said in a statement that she asked Oueidat to follow up the case in order to take the necessary procedures for those responsible for the incident.

Heavy black smoke billowed over the city, as fighterfighters and teams from the Lebanese civil defense were at the scene putting out the fire.

A military official told Efe on condition of anonymity that it was two fires, adding that they were not due to natural causes, according to the first indications.

Security forces closed off several streets leading to the port, which was majorly destroyed just a little over a month ago.

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