Firefighters put out fire at Zaha Hadid-designed building in Beirut

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Solidere, the company set up to reconstruct Beirut, said initial findings indicated the fire in the building, which has been under construction for years, was caused by an accident.

A major fire erupted in Beirut on Tuesday, hitting the downtown commercial district.

According to media, the landmark building, engulfed in flames, had been designed by the late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid.

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Two fires at the port caused alarm and anger among residents last week.

A security official said that investigators were also considering the possibility the port fire was sparked deliberately as part of an insurance fraud scheme, but they have yet to find any evidence.

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Local media carried images of a small fire and smoke emanating from the devastated port.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames that damaged a corner of the Beirut Souks' latticed roof.

Beirut Souks is located in a commercial district close the city's port, where a blast six weeks ago killed nearly 200 people, wounded 6,000 others, and caused as much as $4.6bn (£3.6bn) of physical damage and $3.5bn of economic damage.

Beirut's residents are still shaken by the fire that led to a massive blast on August 4, killing almost 200, injuring 6,500 and causing damage worth billions of dollars.

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