A full view of a burning building in the parliamentary area of Cape Town, South Africa on January 2, 2022.
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Earlier on Sunday, a fire broke out in the South African Parliament. Flames erupted from the roof of the building. Thick smoke could be seen from a few miles away. After a few hours, firefighters had partially controlled the fire.
By noon in the morning, one of the several buildings of the Parliament Building in Cape Town, the legislative capital, was still billowing smoke.
The parliament said in a statement: “The fire has been contained in the old wing. Firefighters are currently trying to control the fire in the new wing, and the fire has affected the National Assembly Chamber.”
Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia De Lille told reporters that there were no reports of injuries. The cause of the fire is unclear.
Jean-Pierre Smith, a member of the Cape Town Mayor’s Committee responsible for safety and security, told reporters that firefighters found cracks in the wall and the roof of an area had collapsed.
He said that about 60 firefighters and 12 fire trucks and equipment, including an aerial lift hydraulic platform, were on-site trying to control the fire.
Thick smoke erupted from the roof and entrance of the National Assembly building, and emergency services sprayed water inside.
The fire started in the office building and spread to the gymnasium before 6 am
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