Firefighters carry the coffin of one of their comrades during his funeral procession in Bashoura, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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The streets of central Beirut were flooded with mourners Tuesday afternoon as family, friends and colleagues gathered to bury the bodies of two firefighters who died fighting a blaze in Mar Elias Monday.A large procession followed the bodies of soon-to-be-father Mohammad al-Mawla, 25, and soon-to-be-husband Adel Saadeh, 28, from the Beirut neighborhoods of Noueiri to Bashoura. According to deputy chief Col. Safi Sultan, the print press was located in the basement of the 12 story building.They were both involved in evacuating the building before starting to put out the fire. Mawla had just received news that his wife was pregnant while Saadeh was preparing for his wedding.The shape of Mawla's body was discernible under the blanket.Mawla and Saadeh's bodies were met with an endless barrage of fireworks and weeping firefighters gathered around on their way into the fire station. The firemen embraced one and other as the bodies passed through.
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