The cause of the fire was not immediately clear, but the Lebanese army said in a statement that it began at a warehouse where oil and tires are kept in the port’s duty-free market. No casualties have been reported.
The blaze broke out in an oil and tyre warehouse in the port’s duty-free zone. Officials told local media it was contained to one place.
Smoke could be seen billowing out over the city’s skyline.
It was not immediately clear what caused the fire. No casualties have been reported so far.
Firefighters are at the scene, and the military said its helicopters were being used in efforts to extinguish the blaze.
Footage shared on social media showed port workers running away as the fire broke out.
The head of Lebanon’s Red Cross, George Kettaneh, said some people were suffering from shortness of breath, but there were no reports of injuries, according to Reuters news agency.
Mr Kettaneh also said there was no fear of an explosion as a result of the fire.
Civil defence director-general Raymond Khattar said the area around the fire had been completely cordoned off to prevent the blaze from spreading.
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