Beirut fire: Large blaze erupts in port a month after explosion

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A fire at Beirut port on Thursday sent up a large column of black smoke into the sky over the Lebanese capital a little more than a month since a massive blast devastated the port facilities and surrounding area.

A witness saw flames rising up in the devastated port area, although it was not immediately clear what caused the blaze.

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A column of black smoke billowed from the port with orange flames leaping from the ground.

The August 4 explosion killed more than 190 people, injured around 6,500 and damaged thousands of buildings in the Lebanese capital.

The sight of another huge fire a month later created panic among residents traumatised by last month’s explosion.

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State-run National News Agency said the fire was at a warehouse where tires are placed. It added that firefighters are dealing with the blaze.

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