Now fuel tank explosion in Beirut building kills 4
Published: 10:59 AM, 10 October 2020 Updated: 12:28 PM, 10 October 2020
At least four people killed and several others injured after a fuel tank has exploded inside a Beirut building on Friday night; Photo: Collected
At least four people killed and several others injured after a fuel tank has exploded inside a Beirut building on Friday night, Lebanon’s Red Cross said.
According to The Guardian, it was not immediately clear what triggered the blast in the western neighborhood of Tariq al-Jadida on Friday night, however, the state-run national news agency said “the blaze erupted inside a bakery in the basement of the building.”
“The explosion could be heard across the city,” the reports said.
Meanwhile, a Beirut television station said that more than 30 people were injured, including three children who were hospitalized with burns.
Firefighters quickly doused the flames and later helped to build residents stuck in their apartments by the fire to climb down ladders. Lebanese troops also deployed to the area and pushed back onlookers.
Beirut municipality, in the last few weeks, has been looking for warehouses that could be in “breach of the law” or pose a danger to residential areas, governor Marwan Aboud told the Lebanese Al-Jadeed television station. “We feared that such an accident could happen,” Aboud said, adding around 100 sites had been identified as suspect.
An explosion at a chemical warehouse in Beirut on August 4 killed 191 people and injured 6,000 people. Around 300,000 people were displaced in the incident. The blast was caused by 2,650 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in the warehouse.