Small explosion at bakery in Lebanese capital kills four

BEIRUT (AP) — A diesel tank exploded inside a Beirut building on Friday night, killing four people and injuring several others, the Lebanese Red Cross said.

It was not immediately clear what triggered the blast in the western neighbourhood of Tariq Jadidah.

The state-run National News Agency said the blaze erupted inside a bakery in the basement of the building.

Firefighters quickly put out the blaze and later helped building residents stuck in their apartments by the fire to climb down ladders. Lebanese troops also deployed to the area and pushed back onlookers.

The explosion came two months after a massive blast at Beirut’s port killed nearly 200 people, injured about 6,500 and caused damage worth billions of dollars.

Firefighters extinguish a fire at a building after a diesel tank exploded in the neighbourhood of Tarik al-Jadida, in Beirut, Lebanon. PHOTO: AP