Homes were gutted by huge forest fires that have ripped through the Shouf mountains in the center of the country, the Lebanese civil defense said on Tuesday.
A special needs center run by non-profit organization arcenciel was also affected by the blaze, a civil defense media spokesperson told Arab News.
More than 100 firefighters from 20 civil defense stations were working with the Lebanese army to to battle the massive fire, civil defense said.
Firefighters managed to earlier control the forest fire, but strong winds and high temperatures rekindled the blaze. Firefighters are also battling forest fires in Akkar district, after extinguishing fires on the outskirts of Ain Tinta and Qobeiyat.
A large fire continues to swallow up parts of an oak forest on the outskirts of Ain Yaacoub, civil defense said.