After Beirut blast, now major fire reported at UK's Newhaven industrial unit; incident caught on video

A major fire was reported on Beach Road in Newhaven in the United Kingdom at around 9.30 am on Saturday, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service said. The incident is said to have occurred at an industrial unit.

The fire department said, "We are attending a fire on Beach Road in Newhaven. First alerted at 9.32 & we've received more than 30 999 calls about it. Please avoid the area while we work."

We have been working with Lewes District Council, Newhaven Port and Sussex Police, it added.

The department sent 12 fire engines at the spot. "We have 12 fire engines at the incident in Newhaven. The fire is affecting an industrial building. No reports of injuries. Please avoid the area," the fire department said.

The fire department said, "The hard work continues at #Newhaven - good progress has been made - we are likely to remain on scene for the rest of the afternoon."

The cause is not known but will be investigated.

On Tuesday, a massive explosion shook Beirut in Lebanon, killing scores of people, injuring thousands and caused widespread destruction across the capital city. The blast appeared to have been caused when highly explosive ammonium nitrate being stored at the city's port ignited.

Days later, the city is limping back to normalcy even as condolences pour in from all quarters and other nations offer help. Many have been plunged into mourning, and it would seem that more are slated to join them.

The blast has so far killed more than 150 people and over 5,000 have been wounded.

In the meantime, several officials have been arrested over the incident. 16 port employees were arrested over the devastating incident on Thursday, and a day later, three senior officials at the Port of Beirut were taken into custody.

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