A Ship Anchored At Tripoli’s Port Caught Fire

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On Tuesday morning, residents of Tripoli had quite the scare when smoke was seen rising from the port area in El-Mina only weeks after a mega explosion devastated Beirut’s port.

According to NNA, the fire broke out from inside a ship at the maintenance zone of the port of Tripoli, El-Mina. The fire was reportedly sparked by welding work during maintenance inside the ship.

The ship was anchored outside the port’s main premises and is not affiliated to Tripoli port’s main administration, stressed the director of the Port of Tripoli, Ahmad Tamer.

He mentioned to LBCI that a gallon of paint caught fire, causing smoke to rise. The fire was small and quickly brought under control by firefighting teams. No injuries were reported.

A sudden increase in fires caused by welding work is alarming.

The huge August 4th explosion at Beirut’s port, followed by another major fire in the port, and a fire that burned down an iconic building in Beirut Souks were all reportedly caused by welders.

This is the 3rd unsettling event in Lebanon in one day, counting the fire that broke out in an Ouzai paint factory and the violent explosion in the south.