South Africa: Parliament building catches fire in Cape Town News

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At about 05:30 GMT large fires and a large plume of smoke were spotted and firefighters were in the building.

A fire has broken out in a parliament building in Cape Town, South Africa.

Firefighters arrived at the building around 5:30 a.m. Sunday because of large flames and a large plume of smoke.

Cape Town City Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman Jermaine Carrolls told local media that the fire, which started early in the morning on the third-floor offices, had spread to the National Assembly Room.

No one was injured in the blaze, which was reported by security guards, Carelse said.

Jean-Pierre Smith, a member of the mayoral committee for security and safety, said the flames caught on the roof of the National Assembly building.

According to South Africa’s Sunday Times, “the fire was not extinguished and there were reports of cracks in some of the building’s walls,” Smith said.

However, Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille said the fire was not caused by the National Assembly building, but by the old legislature, as previously pointed out by the Cape Town City Council.

“It is not the National Assembly that is on fire. There comes a separator that emits all the smoke from the National Assembly, ‚ÄĚsays News24, a local media outlet.

He added that the fire was mostly brought under control and CCTV footage was being examined to find out what caused the incident.

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News24 reported that 36 firefighters were first dispatched to the scene and then called authorities for additional evidence as they tried to contain the fire.

Firefighters sprayed water on flames erupting from South Africa’s parliament building [Jerome Delay/AP Photo]

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