Charbel Hitti's mother walks from her house to the nearby Karam home. Charbel Karam, Charbel Hitti and Najib Hitti, relatives and friends who grew up and became firefighters together, went missing in Tuesday's blast in Beirut after rushing to respond to the initial small explosion. (Lorenzo Tugnoli/For The Washington Post)
Charbel Hitti's mother walks from her house to the nearby Karam home. Charbel Karam, Charbel Hitti and Najib Hitti, relatives and friends who grew up and became firefighters together, went missing in Tuesday's blast in Beirut after rushing to respond to the initial small explosion. (Lorenzo Tugnoli/For The Washington Post)

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