Fire in South Africa's parliament building
A major fire erupts at the South African Parliament in Cape Town, and firefighters have it under control after several hours.
A major fire erupted in the historic South African parliament building in the capital, Cape Town, early on Sunday.
“The roof has caught fire and the National Assembly building is also on fire,” a spokesperson for the city’s emergency services told AFP.
The alarm was raised at 5 am, and the 36 fighters that were on the scene requested even more resources to control the blaze, which was eventually put under control after hours of work.
No one was seriously injured in the fire.
Cape Town's historic parliament building consists of three sections: The oldest was completed in 1884, with the newer additions constructed in the 1920s and 1980s housing the National Assembly.
The fire started in the building's third-floor offices, but the reason behind remains unknown to this hour.
This unfortunate event comes only a day after the funeral of South-African anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town.