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South Africa’s National Assembly Completely Destroyed By Fire

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Robert Frank
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A massive fire in South Africa’s houses of parliament in Cape Town has completely destroyed the National Assembly where parliamentarians sit, a spokesman said on Sunday as the blaze continued to rage.

A spokesman for the fire brigade said that the fire broke out in the third-floor offices in the morning and that about 35 firefighters were trying to control the fire.

“The entire chamber where the members sit… has burned down,” Moloto Mothapo said, adding that the blaze had still not been extinguished.

An investigation has been opened into the blaze which started at around 0300 GMT on Sunday in the parliament complex’s oldest wing, which was completed in 1884 and has wood-paneled rooms.

“The roof of the Old Assembly building has collapsed and is gone,” Jean-Pierre Smith, Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for safety and security, told reporters earlier today.

The cause of the fire was not yet known, but an investigation was opened.

“Someone has been held right now and is being questioned,” he said.

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