A fire erupted in central Beirut’s commercial district in a landmark building designed by the late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, Al Arabiya sources confirmed on Tuesday.
The fire was extinguished shortly after, Reuters reported citing a Lebanese civil defense official.
The building had been under construction for years and was close to completion, according to Al Arabiya sources.
Lebanese social media users, still traumatized by the deadly Beirut port explosion on August 4, shared footage of the fire online.
A new fire! A New Day in Lebanon. A HUGE FIRE IS ERUPTING!! At Beirut Souk's at the newly constructed Aishti Building designed by Zaha Hadid in the heart of Beiruts Commercial District. #prayforbeirut 😞🇱🇧 pic.twitter.com/Q7iaFW5iVa— Augostin Almazi 🇱🇧 (@Augie4Change) September 15, 2020
Unfinished building by Zaha Hadid on fire at the Beirut Souks this morning. pic.twitter.com/43YYzEeJ9A— Lemma Shehadi (@lemmanour) September 15, 2020
The fire comes just two days after white smoke was seen from the Beirut port on Saturday night. Officials confirmed the smoke resulted from remnants of a previous fire days earlier.
On Friday, Lebanese firefighters and army helicopters struggled to put out the remains of a huge fire that erupted on the port a day earlier at the same site where at least 190 people were killed and large parts of the city were destroyed more than a month earlier.