Fire rips through Houses of Parliament in Cape Town as black smoke fills sky

Giant flames have ripped through the roof of the building and thick black smoke can be seen from afar as locals share footage of Table Mountain on the edge of town

A major fire has broken out in the Houses of Parliament in Cape Town

A major fire tore apart the Houses of Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa.

Firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 5 a.m. local time as video footage showed a cloud of black smoke filling the sky for fear that parts of the building could collapse.

Giant flames have ripped through the roof and thick black smoke can be seen from miles away as locals share footage of Table Mountain on the outskirts of town.

The cause of the fire is still unclear and it is unclear whether there are people in the building.

The spokesman for the fire and rescue service of the city of Cape Town, Jermaine Carelse, said: “The bitumen on the roof is even melting, an indication of the intense heat.

Firefighters have surrounded the scene
The smoke can be seen from Table Mountain

“There have been reports of cracked walls that could indicate a collapse.”

The fire comes hours after Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s state funeral in St. George’s Cathedral near Parliament.

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa praised the late Archbishop as “our moral compass and our national conscience”.

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