Haunting Final Photo Emerges Of Hero Beirut Firefighters Moments Before They Entered Burning Warehouse | 22 Words

Harrowing footage has emerged today that shows the moment firefighters attempted to break into the burning warehouse in Beirut...

This week, a massive explosion tore apart the city of Beruit.

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At around 6 pm local time on August 4th, a sudden and devastating explosion ripped through Lebanon's capital city.

Throughout the day, different videos of the explosion began to emerge...

And, as they did, the realization of the severity of the situation began to slowly sink in.

Hundreds of thousands of buildings were wiped out in the blast...

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Leaving nearly 300,000 people homeless.

Initially, it was unclear as to how many people were injured.

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But it has since been confirmed that at least 135 people have died, with a further 4,000 people suffering from grave injuries.

A search and rescue operation for those who are still missing is currently underway...

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So, sadly, the death toll is expected to rise drastically within the next couple of days.

At first, an explanation for the blast was nowhere to be seen.

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But it later emerged that a huge cache of ammonium nitrate, an explosive compound commonly used in the construction of bombs, had been stored at the building in which the blast had occurred 6 years ago.

An accidental fire was sparked at the warehouse...

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And it was this fire that is believed to have triggered the explosion of the 2,750 tons of ammunition.

A BBC journalist posted this photo on Twitter...

Which shows workers stacking what appears to be the tons of Ammonium Nitrate.

Officials have stated that they are working hard at finding the party responsible for the devastating explosion.

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In a televised statement, Prime Minister Diab was quoted as saying: "I will not relax until we find the responsible party for what happened, hold it accountable and apply the most serious punishments against it because it isn’t acceptable that a shipment of ammonium nitrate - estimated to be 2,750 tons - was in a depot for the past 6 years without precautionary measures being taken."

3 days on, footage from the aftermath continues to emerge online.

People can be seen wandering around, dazed and disoriented, amongst the crumbling builds and smoking rubble.

Satellite images of the city before and after the explosion have highlighted the sheer scale of the devastation...

It is thought that the damage repairs are going to cost approximately $5 billion - It is going to take Beirut years to recover from this.

It is utterly heartwrenching to see...

A once vibrant and bustling metropolis now lays in smoke and tatters.

But now, a photo from the moments leading up to the explosion has emerged...

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And it is utterly harrowing.

It was reported that ten firefighters had attended the burning warehouse prior to the blast...

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And they are still listed as missing, days into the aftermath.

Hopes haven't been high for the fate of these heroic firefighters...

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Who were all believed to have been either inside or directly next to the warehouse when the ammunition exploded.

One of these firefighters has already been confirmed as dead...

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The twenty-five-year-old female firefighter, Sahar Faris, was confirmed to have died yesterday.

But now, footage from the moments leading up to the explosion has been posted online...

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And it shows the brave firefighters working together to try and pry open the door to warehouse 12 - the one stacked high with 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate.

Here is the photo.

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Working together, the 3 currently unidentified men can be seen using a crowbar to try and prise the doors to the warehouse open.

The photographer is among the confirmed dead, the report said...

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With the photo being later found on his recovered phone.

Their bravery was simply astounding.

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Our thoughts go out to everyone affected in this devastating tragedy.