Beirut fire – Another massive fire erupts in Beirut port just weeks after mega-blast devastated city

A MASSIVE fire has erupted in Beirut's sea port – just a month after a gigantic explosion wreaked havoc on the city.

Footage shows a huge column of black smoke floating over the Lebanese capital.




While the source of the blast is not yet known, a military source confirmed to Reuters that a store of oil and tyres had caught fire in the port area.

The fire erupted in the duty free zone of the port, sending a huge column of smoke above the city.

Lebanon's army said its helicopters would be used to help extinguish the blaze, Reuters reports.

Television footage showed firefighters trying to douse the blaze at the port, where warehouses and concrete grain silos were shattered by the massive blast on August 4.

Social media videos show a large plume of smoke at the location of the fire, with locals running to escape the blaze.

The head of Lebanon's Red Cross, George Kettaneh, said there was no fear of another explosion as a result of the flames and said there were no injuries.

However, he added there were some people suffering from shortness of breath as a result.

Last month's gigantic explosion was triggered by thousands of tonnes of ammonium nitrate which was stored unsafely in a warehouse for years.

Some 190 died in the blast, which caused devastation in the city.



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