The Lebanese military tweeted that operations had been underway to extinguish the hearth and that army helicopters would help within the mission.
Michel al-Murr, a firefighter who oversees rescue missions within the capital, stated his group didn’t understand how the hearth started. Within the background, he could possibly be heard shouting orders to his group on the bottom.
A customs officer on the port who spoke on the situation of anonymity described the scenario on the bottom as “loopy” and stated some containers storing humanitarian assist for the town additionally seemed to be catching hearth.
George Abou Moussa, head of Lebanon’s civil protection, stated he requested for help from water tank homeowners to assist struggle the hearth.
Final month, firefighters who rushed to the scene of a blaze on the port had been killed when a warehouse storing 2,750 tons of extremely explosive ammonium nitrate detonated, leaving a crater 15 yards deep. Practically 200 folks had been killed, and 1000’s of others had been injured. The highly effective blast devastated total neighborhoods within the capital, displacing a whole lot of 1000’s of individuals.
Footage circulating on social media confirmed panicked port employees sprinting from the scene of the hearth Thursday.
One resident, Moustafa Dakdouk, stated he was working at a restaurant that had not too long ago reopened after repairing the injury from final month’s blast.
Then, as smoke stuffed the sky Thursday afternoon, it was as if “the world turned yellow,” he stated. He ran from the cafe in Gemmayzeh, a neighborhood badly hit by the sooner blast, and urged others to do the identical, snaking by site visitors as folks fled the realm.
“There’s no means you’ll be able to think about the site visitors. It wasn’t transferring,” Dakdouk stated. “And I made positive that I’m in the course of the street, removed from automobiles, removed from glass, as a result of actually I used to be simply ready for one thing to blow up.”
When he reached residence, he threw open his home windows and doorways to attempt to restrict the likelihood that they might shatter in case of one other explosion, as had occurred in so many buildings throughout the town one month in the past. “Simply ready,” he stated.
Sarah Dadouch, Nader Durgham and Liz Sly in Beirut and Suzan Haidamous in Washington contributed to this report.