Sep 15, 2020 11:00 UTC
  • Fire breaks out in Lebanese capital’s commercial district

A fire that had broken out in a landmark building in the Lebanese capital of Beirut has been extinguished, a Lebanese civil defense official says.

The fire erupted in a futuristic seafront building that was under construction in a commercial district in central Beirut on Tuesday.

Lebanese TV station al-Jadeed broadcast images of smoke billowing from the building, which was nearing completion after years of construction.

A witness said that a part of one side of the premises was smoldering as firefighters attempted to hose it down.

Last week, a massive fire broke out at Beirut’s port and engulfed a warehouse storing engine oil, vehicle tires, and food aid.

That fire came a month after a devastating blast rocked the port, killing at least 190 people and injuring thousands of others.