Fire injures 12 at Lebanon ministry of justice

Twelve people were injured in a huge fire that erupted Tuesday at the Justice Ministry building, trapping several employees in their offices, according to Voice of Lebanon radio.

The fire erupted in the fourth and fifth floors of the building located in Beirut’s Mathaf area and firefighting teams have succeeded in extinguishing most of it, said National News Agency.

Initial reports said power line friction was the likely cause of the fire.

Civil defense teams have managed to evacuate most of the employees from the building, said Voice of Lebanon radio.

They succeeded in pulling out 12 employees who suffered minor injuries.

Among them was General Director of the Justice Ministry Omar Natour who suffered a minor injury and has been transferred to hospital for treatment, it said. Natour’s office is on the fifth floor.

Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi soon arrived at the scene to inspect the rescue and firefighting operations.

  • 5thDrawer

    What?? You expected ‘Fire Exits’ ??? :-)))
    Something about that Lebanese power grid. A friend of mine in Tripoli actually had the electricity come on one day – amazing in itself 😉 – and it blew the main fuse right out of the panel and caused some wires to smoke before it cut off.
    In some countries they may have what is called a ‘spike’. In Lebanon, it’s a blast. :-))))

    • dabled

       yu no want kahraba mr

  • 5thDrawer

    What?? You expected ‘Fire Exits’ ??? :-)))
    Something about that Lebanese power grid. A friend of mine in Tripoli actually had the electricity come on one day – amazing in itself 😉 – and it blew the main fuse right out of the panel and caused some wires to smoke before it cut off.
    In some countries they may have what is called a ‘spike’. In Lebanon, it’s a blast. :-))))

    • dabled

       yu no want kahraba mr

      • 5thDrawer

        Well Dab … there may have been some ‘justice’ in this one for sure, all things considered. 😉
        One has to love that statement about ‘power line friction’ … maybe better than rubbing two sticks together to make a cooking fire. :-))))