Firefighters douse blaze in Zaha Hadid-designed building in Beirut

Portions of the external façade of the oval-shaped building fell to the ground as the fire engulfed in the structure

Firefighters douse blaze in Zaha Hadid-designed building in Beirut
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Firefighters douse blaze in Zaha Hadid-designed building in Beirut

Lebanon’s Civil Defense Service and firefighters have doused the fire at a Zaha Hadid-designed commercial building in Beirut.

Portions of the external façade of the oval-shaped building fell to the ground as the fire engulfed upper and middle sections of the structure.

Commenting on the fire, the head of Lebanon’s Civil Defense Service and Operations Division, George Abou Moussa, said that the Civil Defense vehicles and the fire brigade immediately rushed to the scene, and the fire that broke out has been brought under control.

The cause of the fire has not yet been ascertained, according to the state-run National News Agency. People took to the streets to record videos of the fire and post it on social media.

This is the second fire that has been reported within a week in Lebanon’s capital city of Beirut.

Construction Week reported that Firefighters and army helicopters in Beirut put out a huge fire at the port on 10 September and 11 September, barely a month after a massive explosion devastated the port and the surrounding area on 4 August, 2020.

The Beirut port fire was sparked by welding work during repair and reconstruction efforts aimed at overcoming the damage caused by the port explosion.

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