Fire breaks out in Zaha Hadid-designed building in Beirut

Fire breaks out in Zaha Hadid-designed building in Beirut

The building, located about 1.5 kilometres (0.9 miles) away from the city's port in central Beirut, was designed by the renowned late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid.

A major fire erupted in Beirut on Tuesday, hitting the downtown commercial district. The structure was close to conclusion after years of building and construction.

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Civil defense teams extinguished the fire, civil defense official George Abou Moussa told Xinhua, adding that the reason behind the incident is still unknown.

Fires continue to erupt at nearby Beirut Port following the massive August 4 port explosion that killed more than 190 people and injured 6,500 more.

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According to local media reports, the fire erupted near the entrance of the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center, also known as BIEL, which hosts conferences and other cultural events.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire.

The cause of the explosion and the fire that led to it are still under investigation.

Last month's blast is seen as the culmination of leaders unable to manage the country's affairs or protect its people.

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