Fire Briefly Erupts In Central Beirut Commercial District

Fire in landmark building in central Beirut put out: report

A fire erupted in a landmark building in the central commercial district of the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday, local media reported.

Last Thursday, a blaze broke out at Beirut port, destroying a warehouse storing aid and sending a thick plume of smoke over the city.

Reuters witness said part of one side of the building was smoldering as firefighters hosed it down.

"We were able in the fastest time possible to control the blaze", he said. The causes of the fires are unclear.

The building lies near the city's port where an explosion last month killed almost 200, wounded thousands and left the city's residents traumatized.

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Two fires at the port caused alarm and anger among residents last week.

Judicial investigator into the case Judge Fadi Sawwan has so far arrested 25 low to mid-ranking officials for their role in the explosion, which is widely viewed as a symbol of the ruling elite's corruption and incompetence.

The explosion led to the government's resignation six days later.

Theatre director Yahya Jaber on Facebook expressed alarm at what he described as "Beirut's pre-imagined, pre-designed and pre-welded assassination".

She was the first woman to win the prestigious Pritzker Prize for architecture, and best known for her designs for the Guangzhou Opera House in China and the aquatics centre used in the 2012 London Olympics.

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