A new fire broke out this Thursday in the port of Beirut for unknown reasons a month after another fire caused a gigantic explosion in the same place that devastated much of the capital and left more than 190 dead.
“A fire broke out in a car tire and oil warehouse in the duty-free market of the port of Beirut,” the Lebanese Army said on its Twitter account.
A large black smoke rising over the port is visible from all over the city and Lebanese firefighters and Civil Defense teams are on the scene extinguishing the fire.
A military source, who asked not to be identified, has assured that they are “two fires, separated from each other” and, according to the first indications, “they are not due to natural causes,” he said without giving further details.
He also added that Interior forces have closed several streets around the port, which was largely destroyed just over a month ago.
The secretary general of the Lebanese Red Cross, George Kettaneh, assured the Lebanese chain Al Jadeed that there were no injuries. So far, the Lebanese authorities have not commented.
On August 4, a fire in a warehouse in the port of Beirut caused a shipment of ammonium nitrate to explode, leaving 191 dead, more than 6,500 injured and more than 300,000 homeless.