A downtown Beirut building near the city’s harbor has caught fire, where an explosion last month killed nearly 200 people, injured thousands and traumatized city dwellers.
It was not immediately clear why a fire broke out in one of the city’s most famous buildings, which was the work of Iraq-born British architect, Zaha Hadid.
The oval-shaped building was still under construction and used to sit on the main road passing through the harbor.
“It’s terrible. It’s unbelievable,” said 48-year-old Joe Seg, who was on a jog through the city before coming to the scene. “Every day we have a problem.”
Lebanese broadcaster Al-Jadeed first showed pictures of Bill’s smoke from the building, which is located near the 100,000-square-meter shopping mall Beirut Souks in the city center.
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A civil defense official said they extinguished the fire, adding that an investigation would be opened. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Member of the fire brigade department, Fadi Majboudi, said, “We got a call that there was a fire near Majidi Mosque. When we first arrived to extinguish the fire, it was very strong. It is an under construction building, called oval building in Beirut markets. It is said. .
“Thank God, firefighters and civilian security were able to keep the fire under control as soon as possible despite limited capabilities.”
This was the third fire in the region within a week after two recent fires at the port of Beirut, with heavy rain on Thursday, causing panic among residents. Earlier this month, another blast was over quickly. The cause of those fires is not clear.
Residents of Beirut are still shaken by the fire that caused a tremendous explosion on August 4, killing nearly 200 people, injuring 6,500 and causing billions of dollars in damage.
The explosion of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at the port for six years also rendered one million people homeless.
The cause of the explosion and the cause of the fire are still under investigation. Due to this explosion, the government had to resign after six days.
Lebanon is in the grip of an unprecedented economic crisis and financial collapse, blamed for decades of mismanagement and corruption by a political class.
France is pressuring Lebanon to implement reforms to form a new government and unlock aid. But many Lebanese suspect that Lebanese political elites may choose a new course.
“With these people, if they are equal people, nothing will change,” Sayigh said.
Al Jazeera and news agencies