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Fire erupts at South African parliament building in Cape Town

smoke rises from the building of the parliament in cape town
Smoke rises after a fire broke out at the Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa

By Nqobile Dludla and Wendell Roelf

A fire erupted at the South African parliament in Cape Town on Sunday, with media coverage showing flames coming from the roof of the building and a plume of smoke that could be seen from some miles away.

It wasn’t immediately clear if anyone was in the building.

The fire was on the third storey of the building and initial reports indicated that it started in the office space and spread towards a gym, said Jean-Pierre Smith, a Cape Town mayoral committee member responsible for safety and security.

The roof area had caught alight and the National Assembly building was on fire too, Smith said.

TV pictures showed emergency services at the scene. Smith said that included six firefighting appliances and about 36 firefighters.

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