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Major Fire Breaks out at South African Parliament (Video)

Sun 02 Jan 2022 | 10:09 AM
Omnia Ahmed

A huge fire broke out in the South African parliament building in Cape Town on Sunday.

Firefighters rushed immediately to the scene as large flames and a huge column of smoke were seen at around 0530 GMT, according to AFP reporters.

"The roof has caught fire and the National Assembly building is also on fire," a spokesman for the city's emergency services told AFP. "The fire is not under control and cracks in the walls of the building have been reported."

Images and videos seen on social media showed a mass of flames licking through what appeared to be the roof of one of the parliament buildings.

The cause of the fire has not been revealed yet.

Notably, Houses of Parliament in Cape Town consist of three sections, including the original and oldest building that was completed in 1884.

In April last year, a fire destroyed part of The University of Cape Town's library housing a unique collection of African archives.

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