Parliament fire now active in National Assembly: Minister De Lille

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The fire currently burning at Parliament in Cape Town is now active in the National Assembly.

Minister of Public Works, Patricia de Lille, says the fire in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) building has been contained.

Minister of Public Works Patricia de Lille briefs the media on the latest:

De Lille says there’s been no reports of injuries at this stage. She says the cause of the fire is being investigated.

“The fire is in the National Assembly Chambers. That is where it is burning right now. We have been able to contain the fire in the Chambers of the National Council of Provinces.”

“We are trying our best for it not to spread further. I also want to thank the fire teams. They are excellent and professional. They are also covering all the risk that might arise out of this fire,” adds Minister De Lille.

The video below is reporting about Parliament Precinct on fire:

The fire was on the third storey of the building and initial reports indicated that it started in the office space and spread towards a gym, said Jean-Pierre Smith, a Cape Town mayoral committee member responsible for safety and security.

-Additional reporting by Reuters