Fire breaks out at South Africa’s parliament building

There was a fire in the South African parliament building in the capital city of Cape Town. It was reported by the news portal News24 on January 2.

Emergency services received messages about the fire at 05:00 . Several fire brigades are working at the scene, experts are trying to localize the fire. The area is cordoned off.

Six units of special equipment and about 36 firefighters are on the scene, according to George Smith, a member of the Mayor’s Committee on Safety and Security.

“The fire is currently taking place on the third floor. Initial reports indicate that it started in the office space and is spreading toward the gymnasium. The roof has caught fire and the National Assembly Building is also on fire,” Smith said.

In April 2021, a wildfire started on the slopes of Table Mountain near Cape Town. The fire was started by three men, one of whom was later apprehended.

As a result, the fire engulfed the campus and library of the University of Cape Town. Students and faculty were evacuated in time. None of them were injured.