A massive fire has broken out at Beirut’s port just over a month after roughly 200 people were killed by a huge explosion and shockwave.
Video shows flames shooting hundreds of feet into the air, close to the epicentre of the August 4 blast, as a column of black smoke billows into the sky.
Traumatised residents expressed fears the inferno, which erupted at a warehouse containing oil and tyres, could trigger another large blast as they recover from last month’s tragedy.
The blaze sent terror and panic through the Lebanese capital, where at least 6,500 people were injured and a quarter of a million were left homeless after the explosion.
Liz Sly, the Washington Post’s correspondent in Beirut, tweeted footage of the flames, writing: “Another big fire at Beirut port. Everyone’s freaking out.”
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Layal Abou Rahal, a journalist for AFP in the capital, added: “Fire in Beirut port reviving the blast panic.”
Al Jazeera’s Beirut correspondent, Timour Azhari, posted footage of the fire and wrote: “Absolutely massive fire raging at Beirut’s port right now.
“There was a smaller fire a couple days ago that civil defense said they put out.
“Unclear what caused this. People in the capital holding their breath, getting out of the area.”
Beirut-based Bel Trew, who covers the Middle East for the Independent, said people were taking precautions because they feared the fire would cause a large explosion.
The journalist tweeted: “This is coming from Beirut port – no one knows what it is.
“But everyone I know is cracking open their windows to relieve pressure should a pressure wave come through and then steering well clear of glass.
“The entire city is traumatised. There was a fire 2 days ago.”
The fire erupted in the duty free zone of the port.
A military source told Reuters that the cause of the blaze was not immediately clear.