WATCH | Fire breaks out in Parliament

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  • A fire broke out at Parliament early on Sunday morning.
  • Emergency services were notified of the blaze shortly after 05:00.
  • Firefighters from several fire stations have been deployed to contain the fire.

 

Firefighters are battling to contain a fire that broke out at Parliament in Cape Town on Sunday morning.

Jermaine Carelse, spokesperson for the City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Service, said various crews from different fire stations were on the scene trying to contain the blaze.

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He said emergency services were notified of the blaze on Sunday shortly after 05:00.

"The bitumen on the roof is even melting, an indication of the intense heat. There have been reports of some walls showing cracks, which could indicate a collapse," he said.

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Smoke can be seen after a fire broke out at Parliament in Cape Town.
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Parliament fire
A fire broke out at Parliament in Cape Town on 2 January 2022.
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Parliament fire
A fire broke out at Parliament in Cape Town on 2 January 2022.
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Parliament fire
A fire broke out at Parliament in Cape Town on 2 January 2022.
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JP Smith, City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for safety and security, said the National Assembly building was on fire and flames had spread to the roof. He said initial reports indicated that the fire started on the third floor and spread to the office space and gymnasium.

However, Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille later said the Old Assembly was on fire.

"The fire brigade has the situation under control. What you see behind me is not the National Assembly on fire. What is coming out there is an extractor that is pulling all the smoke from the Old Assembly to the National Assembly," she said.

Carelse said two fire safety officers had been dispatched to the scene.

Smith said firefighters on the scene had requested additional resources to help fight the fire.

Images and videos shared on social media show thick black smoke and a blaze coming from one side of the building.


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