Fire breaks out at South Africa’s parliament.
There has been a fire outbreak at South Africa’s Parliament Cape Town. Early reports indicate flames rising from the Old Assembly Building. A huge column of smoke has been witnessed by hundreds in the sky.
City authorities say the fire caught the third floor, roof area, with initial reports indicating that it started in the office space of the building and was spreading towards the gym area at the site. It is also reported that the Old National Assembly building was on fire too.
A spokesman for the city’s emergency services told the press that although firefighters were already at the building trying to contain the fire, the fire was not under control and cracks in the walls of the building had been reported.
The cause of the fire is yet to be established.
The security personnel at the scene told press that no injuries have been recorded.
The Houses of Parliament in Cape Town are made up of three sections, with the oldest dating back to 1884. The newer sections built in the 1920s and 1980s house the National Assembly.