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  Large fire tears through South Africa's parliament, collapsing roof and gutting entire floors
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Jan 02, 2022 04:22pm
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AuthorAlly Barnard and Jennifer Hauser
News DateSunday, January 2, 2022 05:35:00 PM UTC0:0
Description(CNN)A large fire tore through South Africa's parliament in Cape Town on Sunday, causing the roof of one building to collapse and gutting the chamber of the National Assembly.

Images from the scene showed flames shooting out of the top of one building, sending plumes of thick black smoke into the sky above parliament and into neighboring streets.

The fire broke out on Sunday morning and more than 12 hours later, dozens of firefighters were still working to bring the blaze under control. No injuries or fatalities have been reported.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said it appeared that a sprinkler system "did not work as it was supposed to" and that a person was being questioned by authorities in relation to the fire.
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