A devastating fire broke out in the South African Parliament building again | abroad

to updateThe fire broke out again which destroyed the South African Parliament building in Cape Town. This is evident from the TV images on Monday. The fire started on Sunday and is believed to have started. The suspect has since been arrested. South African authorities are currently investigating both arson and possible negligence.

The footage shows thick black smoke rising from the historic building. Earlier today, the number of firefighters was reduced from 70 to twelve as there were only a few fires left.

Minister Responsible Patricia de Lille said earlier that the temperature in the building had dropped from 400 to 100 degrees Celsius. Because of the heat, the researchers have not yet been able to enter the complex.

According to authorities, several firefighters were still battling the blaze in the building on Monday, part of which is nearly 150 years old. The Parliament Library containing valuable books was saved from the fire thanks to the fire-resistant walls there. In addition, some electronically stored data would have been saved.

Parliament building in Cape Town. © Environmental Protection Agency

bad maintenance

The oldest part of Parliament House was completed in 1884. Two new parts were added in the 1920s and 1980s. The fire is believed to have started in the oldest part of an office and then spread throughout the building. Although the extent of the damage is not yet known, the costs are already estimated in the hundreds of millions of euros.

Cape Town’s Security Commissioner Jean-Pierre Smith spoke to news channel eNCA on Monday about serious deficiencies that could be due to poor maintenance. For example, the electricity was not automatically turned off and the ventilation systems continued to operate. Also, the automatic fire alarm didn’t go off until a long time later.

A 49-year-old suspect has been charged with arson, burglary and theft. He was arrested at the property on Sunday and will appear in court tomorrow. The man allegedly snuck out of an office window. It is not known how he managed to evade security.

Christmas holiday

Among other things, the part where Parliament was seated was burned. No one is hurt. Parliament was on Christmas break. President Cyril Ramaphosa said the fire would not affect the work of Parliament. “The work will continue,” he said. Parliament is located in Cape Town, and the government is about 1,500 kilometers from Pretoria.


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