Tuesday, January 18

A huge fire burns the seat of South Africa’s parliament


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A large fire, which the firefighters have not yet managed to control, has been declared this Sunday at the headquarters of the South African Parliament in Cape Town. “The roof caught fire and the National Assembly building also caught fire,” a spokesman for the city’s security, who called for reinforcements, told AFP. “The fire has not been controlled and there are cracks in the walls,” he added.

At the moment no victims were reported and the origin of the fire is still unknown. “The fire is currently on the third floor and the first signs suggest that it started in the offices before spreading to the gym,” said the emergency services.

The fire started in an old Parliament building around 05:03 local time.

The current “National Assembly is safe for the moment,” former Cape Town Mayor and current Minister Patricia de Lille told reporters. The emergency teams are “controlling the situation,” he said.

Cape Town already suffered a major fire in April, on Table Mountain, which destroyed the treasures of the library of a prestigious university.

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