A fire which broke out in a gasoline tank at the Zahrani oil facility in Lebanon on 11 October 2021 has been contained by the country’s civil defence forces.
Lebanon’s national news agency NNA reported the outbreak of the fire just after 10am local time. It took more than two hours for the fire to be contained, with firefighters also cooling nearby tanks to prevent the spread of the fire. Lebanon’s energy minister Walid Fayyad told ministers in a meeting with Prime Minister Najib Mikati that the fire broke out in a gasoline tank belonging to Lebanon’s army.
‘During the transfer of gasoline from one tank to another ahead of delivery, fire broke out abruptly and reasons are still unknown,’ Fayyad told NNA.
No casualties were reported as a result of the fire, though a nearby main road was closed in both directions due to the flames. Local media reports that at least 25 fire trucks attended the blaze.
An investigation into the precise cause of the accident is underway.
Lebanon is currently in the midst of a fuel crisis, with widespread blackouts occurring over the weekend of 9 October 2021 after its power stations ran out of fuel, including the one in Zahrani. According to Al Jazeera, the army provided some of its fuel at the Zahrani facility to the neighbouring power plant, allowing power to be restored. The fire will not have helped the chronic fuel shortages.