Lebanon crisis: Fire erupts in shopping centre near Beirut’s port

by BBC

Fire fighters extinguish a blaze at the Beirut Souks shopping centre, which is under construction in Beirut, Lebanon (15 September 2020)Image copyright

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It was not immediately known what caused the fire at the Beirut Souks centre

A fire broke out at a shopping centre being built in Beirut, marking the third blaze in a week in a city still reeling from a devastating explosion in August.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames that damaged a corner of the Beirut Souks’ latticed roof.

There were no reports of injuries and the cause of the fire is not yet known.

The building was designed by the practice of the renowned late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid.

It is located in a commercial district close the city’s port, where a blast six weeks ago killed almost 200 people, wounded 6,000 others, and caused as much as $4.6bn (£3.6bn) of physical damage and $3.5bn of economic damage.

The disaster, which is still under investigation, happened when a fire triggered the detonation of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been stored unsafely.

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The curved building was designed by the practice of late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid

Last week, two fires at the port caused alarm and anger among residents, who have accused the ruling elite of corruption, neglect and mismanagement.

There was a small fire last Tuesday that was extinguished quickly and a larger fire on Thursday at a port warehouse where aid was being stored.

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