Rescuers evacuate residents after an explosion in the Tariq al-Jdide district of Lebanese capital Beirut

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The blast occurred after the tank caught fire in Tariq-al-Jdide district. TV footage showed flames leaping up buildings in the area’s narrow streets.

There is no word on the cause of the fire. The rescue efforts are ongoing.

The blast caused panic in a city scarred by the explosion that killed 203 people in the port area in August.

The latest fire and explosion also comes amid a severe financial crisis and the coronavirus pandemic – which have fuelled widespread discontent.

On Friday firefighters used ladders to scale the outside of apartment buildings to rescue residents from their balconies.

“The sound and our house shaking made us panic and the whole street I live in started screaming. I had flashbacks,” tweeted one woman.

Lebanon is struggling to recover from August’s explosion which experts say was one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history.