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Maid rushes to protect little girl from shattering windows as massive explosion rips through Beirut

A quick-thinking maid was caught on camera protecting a little girl as a massive explosion ripped through the Lebanese capital of Beirut. 

The clip showed the unnamed woman watching over the toddler in the family’s playroom as she hoovered.

But as shockwaves from the blast hit she swiftly scooped the girl off the floor and carried her further inside the house in an attempt to reach safety.

It is thought that both were unharmed. 

The footage showed a woman tidying up in what appeared to be a playroom as the toddler paced around excitedly.

The maid stopped momentarily to peer back into the house and just seconds later they were rocked by a massive blast.

The shockwave caused the windows to shatter and the blinds flew forward into the room.

Toys were thrown violently into the air as the maid quickly leant over and picked the girl up from the ground.

She clutched the youngster to her chest and hurried out of the room in an attempt to reach safety.  

The explosion was triggered by more than 2,750 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate – the main ingredient in fertilizer bombs.

It had been detonated when a fire, apparently sparked by a nearby welder, spread to the warehouse where it had been stored for six years. 

The blast has killed at least 100 people and injured more than 4,000.

It is thought to be one of the world’s biggest-ever peacetime explosions.

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