Fire in South African Parliament Flares Up Again

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The fire that destroyed the South African parliament building in Cape Town has flared up again. The damage is enormous.


Earlier in the day, the number of firefighters had been reduced from 70 to a dozen as only a few fires remained.

Responsible minister Patricia de Lille had previously said that the temperature in the building had dropped from 400 to 100 degrees Celsius. However, due to the heat, researchers could not enter the complex.

According to authorities, several firefighters were still fighting fires in the building on Monday, part of which is almost 150 years old. However, the parliamentary library with valuable books was saved from the flames thanks to the fireproof walls there. In addition, specific electronically stored data would have been saved.

Cape Town Security Commissioner Jean-Pierre Smith spoke to news channel eNCA on Monday about serious shortcomings that could be due to poor maintenance. For example, the electricity was not turned off automatically, and the ventilation systems had continued to work.

Also, the automatic fire alarm only went off after a long time.



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