Fire breaks out at Lebanon’s Zahrani oil facility

Fire breaks out at Lebanon’s Zahrani oil facility

A spokesperson of the Lebanese Army told Al Jazeera that the fuel tank contained benzene.

Beirut, Lebanon – A fire has broken out in a fuel storage tank at Lebanon’s Zahrani oil facility.

Lebanon’s Al Jadeed television channel first reported the news, saying on Monday that a loud sound akin to an explosion was also heard.

Translation: A large fire broke out inside the oil facility in Zahrani, south of Lebanon

A spokesperson of the Lebanese Army told Al Jazeera that the fuel tank contained benzene fuel.

“We’re now focusing on clearing residents from the area as we try to put out the fire,” the official said.

“The priority now is not to prevent the fire from reaching other tanks.”

In March, then-PM Hasan Diab said experts found hazardous material in the Zahrani facility.

More to follow

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