Blaze at Zaha Hadid building in Beirut

Fire in landmark building in central Beirut put out: report

Large blaze rips through landmark Zaha Hadid-designed building in downtown Beirut (VIDEOS)

A fire broke out Tuesday in a downtown Beirut building near the city's port where an explosion last month killed almost 200 people, injured thousands and left the city's residents traumatised.

Firefighters in Lebanon's capital said Tuesday they put out a fire at a building under construction, in what was the third blaze to hit the city since a massive explosion at the port.

Footage shared on social media showed black clouds of smoke billowing off of bright red flames that climbed up the side of the curvaceous building with latticed covering.

A large fire broke out inside a lavish Beirut department store, designed by world-famous architect Zaha Hadid.

A local probe is being carried out into the cause of the port blast, which took place when 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded after being unsafely stored for years.

The Lebanese capital is still reeling from the huge explosion that killed nearly 200 people and injured more than 6,000 on August 4. "We are discovering hotspots of the blaze", a member of the Lebanese civil defence told Sputnik. The causes of the fires are unclear.

Two fires at the port caused alarm and anger among residents last week. The blast led to the government's resignation six days later.

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