Sunday, January 16

Fire in the National Assembly in South Africa

THE SMOKE RISES: The Cape Town National Assembly burns on Sunday morning. In the background is the iconic Table Mountain.

A fire has broken out in the National Assembly of South Africa, located in Cape Town. The fire is not under control.


Photos from the site show flames on the roof of the building and smoke rising on Sunday morning.

– The fire is not under control, and reports of cracks in the walls of the building have been confirmed, says JP Smith, who is a representative in the National Assembly, according to Times Live.

Cracks in the facade could be an indication that the building could collapse, according to spokeswoman for the Cape Town Fire Department, Jermaine Carelse.

– Even the asphalt on the roof melts, an indication of the intense heat, he says according to News24.

FIRE ON THE ROOF: Fire constables fight against the flames.

There are at least 36 firefighters and six fire trucks on site. More resources have been called for.

The fire is said to have started in an office landscape on the 3rd floor, according to preliminary reports.

The first reports of the fire came at 5 o’clock local time, or at 4 o’clock Norwegian time.

The parliament building is located near the Anglican Cathedral where Archbishop and Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu was buried on Saturday.

Several fire engines are present at the National Assembly in Cape Town.

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