The explosion of a fuel tank in Beirut kills 4

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Four people perished Friday night in Beirut in a fire and explosion that hit a fuel warehouse in a densely populated neighborhood, again sowing panic after a series of fires and the deadly blast on August 4 at the port.

Lieutenant Ali Najm, engaged with the Beirut fire brigade, spoke of a warehouse where there was a oil tank having caught fire and an explosion in the district of Tariq al-Jdidé, telling AFP that the causes were not yet known.

The owner of the room where there was also gasoline was arrested by the police, according to a security source. He manages one of these private generator services that provide electricity to residents during daily power cuts in Lebanon, according to the source.

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Its secretary general, Georges Kettané, also mentioned injured taken to hospital, according to the National News Agency ANI.

Lebanese television Al-Jadeed, which speaks of more than 20 injured, showed flames in an alleyway and then footage of screams from panicked residents of the area.

Firefighters, using sliding ladders, evacuated residents of neighboring buildings, while gray smoke was still visible, according to images broadcast by the channel.

Evacuations continueBeirut governor Marwan Aboud told Al-Jadeed.

Around a hundred dangerous sites identified

In recent weeks, the municipality has been hunting down warehouses that could be in violation or represent a danger for residential neighborhoods, he said.

We feared that such an accident would happen, he lamented, adding that a hundred sites had been identified. We closed one part, and on the others we imposed procedures to ensure public safety.

In Lebanon, private generator services abound across the country, sometimes accused of being a veritable mafia taking advantage of electricity shortages, which for decades have forced residents to resort to a subscription to cope with daily power cuts. .

Lebanon experienced a deadly and devastating explosion at the port of Beirut on August 4, which deeply traumatized the country.

The tragedy left more than 200 dead and 6,500 injured, according to the government's latest report, devastating entire districts of the capital.

Much of the angry public opinion accuses the leaders and politicians, almost unchanged for decades, of being also responsible for the tragedy, due to their corruption and incompetence.

Since then, several fires have broken out in Beirut – including a spectacular fire at the port on September 10.

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