Two laborers were found dead after a fire devoured a paint shop at Sidon’s industrial zone. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Two people were killed Thursday after a paint manufacturing plant burst into flames in the southern city of Sidon.The factory manufactures and mixes paint, thinner, and glue.Witnesses said that the fire was preceded by a loud bang, believed to be the result of an unstable chemical reaction between two highly combustible substances. As soon as the explosion took place, screams could be heard from inside the factory.The tragedy showcased the lack of safety standards and regulation in Lebanese factories.Similar fires have previously broken out in local factories dealing with combustible substances, including bakeries, wood manufacturing plants, and mechanics.
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