Fire erupts at South Africa's parliament building

A fire broke out in the South African parliament on Sunday, flames broke out from the roof of a building and a cloud of smoke was visible from afar.

After several hours, the authorities announced that the fire brigade had the situation under control.

Several hours after the fire broke out in the legislative capital Cape Town, thick smoke was still emanating from one of the several buildings in the parliamentary complex.

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia De Lille told reporters the fire was under control. She said there was currently a fire in the National Assembly Chamber but had been contained in other parts.

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

The cause of the fire was not yet known.

Initial reports suggested the fire broke out in an office space and spread to a gym, said Jean-Pierre Smith, a member of Cape Town’s mayors’ committee responsible for safety and security.

Thick smoke rose from the roof of the building and entrance as rescue workers splashed water inside.

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