This haunting photo is believed to show the final moments of three brave firefighters.

Seconds later the blazing warehouse they were battling to enter in Beirut was destroyed in the colossal explosion which killed at least 147 and injured 5000.

Even the person who took this picture on a phone has been confirmed dead.

Inside Warehouse 12 flames were about to set off a 2,700-ton pile of discarded ammonium nitrate fertiliser.

The moment firefighters tried to enter Beirut's Warehouse 12 just before the explosion

The shockwave, equal to that of a small nuclear bomb, devastated the surrounding area.

The men thought to be pictured; Jo Noon, Methal Hawwa and Najib Hati were part of a rapid response unit.

Nine are still missing, including Ellie Khuzami.

Fireman Ellie Khuzami

Team member Sahar Faris, 25, dubbed the “Bride of Beirut”, has been confirmed dead.

Ms Faris was to be married in June next year.

Her fiance, Gilbert Karaan, posted a tribute saying: “you broke my back, you broke my heart.”

Sahar Faris was due to marry

Yesterday angry crowds took to Beirut’s blast-shattered streets demanding an end to the ­Lebanese regime.

As rescuers battled to save dozens believed still trapped, locals demanded millions in aid should not be paid to Lebanon’s ­government.

One grief-stricken man told visiting French President Emmanuel Macron: “We hope this aid will go to the Lebanese people not the corrupt leaders.”

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French President Emmanuel Macron meeting the crowd

Mr Macron told the crowd he would not write a “blank cheque”.

He said: “This explosion should be the start of a new era.

"I guarantee this aid will not go to corrupt hands.”

Beirut's port area has been flattened

Many blame officials for leaving the fertiliser to fester in Beirut’s key port after being confiscated from a ship in 2013.

The shockwave from the blast smashed up to 300,000 houses and sent cars flying.

Streets are stacked with mountains of shattered glass and debris.

A Royal Navy survey ship was last night preparing to sail from Cyprus to track debris on the harbour floor.

The UK is sending more than £5million in aid, advisers, medics and a forensic team.