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Fire burns at Beirut port since yesterday, Civil Defense on standby

Fire burns at Beirut port since yesterday, Civil Defense on standby

A yellow-tinted smoke rising from wheat silos at the port of Beirut on July 11, 2022. (Courtesy of @salmanonline)

BEIRUT — The fire in the Beirut port grain silos is still raging this morning with the Lebanese Civil Defense not being capable of doing much about it because they’re “scared that if they douse it with water the silos would collapse,” the Civil Defense spokesperson told L’Orient Today.

Here’s what we know:

    • Another fire erupted yesterday evening near the grain silos at the Beirut port, which were seriously damaged by the Aug. 2020 explosion. Many observers and residents noted the fire, some describing smoke around the port since for the last few days.

    • Soldiers on the ground told L’Orient Today that there were attempts to put out the flame however, they were unsuccessful. However, he did not specify who tried to put it out or whether more attempts would be tried later.

    • The Civil Defense spokesperson said that there is a team stationed on the ground monitoring the situation, adding that backup teams will be deployed at the port today “to see what can be done” about the fire.

    • This is the third fire to erupt in the past week. On Thursday evening, firefighters extinguished a blaze at the silos. According to several local media outlets, the fire was caused by the fermentation of wheat that remains scattered in and around the silos.

BEIRUT — The fire in the Beirut port grain silos is still raging this morning with the Lebanese Civil Defense not being capable of doing much about it because they’re “scared that if they douse it with water the silos would collapse,” the Civil Defense spokesperson told L’Orient Today.Here’s what we know:    • Another fire erupted yesterday evening near the grain silos at...