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Fire in Beirut commercial district put out, civil defence says

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A fire that erupted in a landmark building in central Beirut’s commercial district on Tuesday has been extinguished, civil defence official George Abou Moussa told Reuters.

A Reuters witness said part of one side of the building was smouldering as firefighters hosed it down. The building was close to completion after years of construction.

Lebanese broadcaster al-Jadeed earlier broadcast footage showing smoke billowing from the building.

Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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