Huge fire completely destroys South Africa’s national assembly building

Huge fire completely destroys South Africa's national assembly building

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.

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

No casualties have been reported so far but President Cyril Ramaphosa told reporters at the scene an arrest had been made.

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

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.

As day dawned, smoke could be seen billowing from the building against a blue sky.

“The roof of the Old Assembly building has collapsed and is gone,” Jean-Pierre Smith, Cape Town’s mayoral…

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