Fire breaks out in Zaha Hadid-designed building in Beirut

A fire has broken out in a building in Beirut near the city’s port where an explosion killed nearly 200 people, wounded thousands and left the city’s residents traumatised last month.

The shopping mall, Beirut Souks, in downtown Beirut was the work of the late Iraq-born British architect, Zaha Hadid.

The building was still under construction and sits on the main road that passes by the port.

There were no reports of injuries and the cause of the fire is not yet known.

Two fires at the port caused alarm and anger among residents last week. People in Lebanon have accused the ruling elite of corruption, neglect and mismanagement following the disaster in August when a fire triggered the detonation of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been stored unsafely.

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A small fire was reported last Tuesday followed by a larger fire on Thursday at a port warehouse where aid was being stored.

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