Fire at South African parliament in Cape Town

Fire at South African parliament in Cape Town

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Cape Town: 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, but the authorities said a few hours later that the firefighters had controlled the situation.

Several hours after the blaze started in the legislative capital Cape Town, thick smoke was still pouring from one of the several buildings that make up the parliament complex.

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia De Lille told reporters the blaze was under control. She said it was currently burning in the National Assembly chamber, but had been contained in other parts.

De Lille said there were no reports of any injuries in the fire.

The cause of the fire is unclear.

Initial reports indicated that the fire started in an office space and spread toward a gym, said Jean-Pierre Smith, a Cape Town mayoral committee member responsible for safety and security.

When emergency services sprayed water inside, thick smoke billowed from the roof and entrance of the building.

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