Firefights in Lebanon put out third blaze following deadly blast

Cheryl Sanders
September 15, 2020

A man uses a water hose to put out a fire that broke out in a building in Central Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday.

According to media, the landmark building, engulfed in flames, had been designed by the late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid.

The fire erupted in a futuristic seafront building that was close to completion after years of construction.

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Previously, according to local media reports, the smoke covered the port, where a major fire broke out on September 10, on Saturday night, reports Xinhua news agency.

The blast killed 190 people and devastated a large portion of the city. Another blaze earlier last week was extinguished quickly. The causes of those fires are unclear.

The cause of the explosion and the fire that led to it are still under investigation.

Preliminary government findings said sparks from a power saw could have caused Thursday's blaze, echoing a theory that welding was also behind the August 4 explosion.

Last month's blast is seen as the culmination of leaders unable to manage the country's affairs or protect its people.

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