A spectacular fire in one of the warehouses in the port of Beirut, virtually destroyed as a result of the August 4th explosions, returned this Thursday to stir panic among residents of the Lebanese capital.
According to local media reports, the accident occurred in a tire warehouse, which also contained other materials, in the free zone of the port, the most important in the country. On Tuesday, another fire broke out in the rubble of the port, but it was quickly checked.
In statements made to the LBCI chain, the acting director of the port, Bassem al Kaissi, has indicated that the fire started in “some oil drums before it spread to the tires”. “It’s too early to know if it was the result of the heat or a mistake,” he added.
Both civil defense and the army are on site and try to control the flames with helicopters. For its part, the Lebanese Red Cross reported that it treated a person who showed signs of suffocation. His general secretary, Georges Kettané, has ruled out “any danger of explosion”.