fire in parliament building

AA / Johannesburg

A new fire was reported at the South African National Assembly building in Cape Town, officials confirmed on Monday afternoon. This is the second fire in two days.

Moloto’s spokesman, South Parliament-African, said, “Devastating. Painful. Inexplicable. A new fire has broken out on the roof of the National Assembly building. Firefighter reinforcement teams are on their way. The battle will be won.” Mothapo took to Twitter with a video showing the roof of the building in flames.

Mothapo said firefighters have been battling the first fire on Sunday for nearly two days.

The interior of the National Assembly building was engulfed in flames on Sunday, with footage released to local media showing plumes of black smoke.

The fire destroyed the third floor of the old assembly building, which contained offices and a gymnasium.

Live video footage aired on local television on Monday showed firefighters trying to extinguish the roof’s flames with air.

Police on Sunday announced that they had arrested a 49-year-old suspect in connection with the fire. He is expected to appear in the concerned court on Tuesday. He faces charges of theft, theft and arson.

*Translated from English by Alex Sinhan Bogumis

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