Fire broke out at Parliament’s Old Assembly building last night

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In a statement released on Wednesday, Parliament announced that a fire broke out at the Old Assembly building on Tuesday night.

The fire is reported to have affected multiple upper floor offices and committee rooms.

“These affected areas, including certain parts of the lower floor not affected by fire, have been left flooded due to the activation of the fire sprinkler system,” Parliament spokesperson Moloto Mothapo says.

The spokesperson for the City’s Fire and Rescue Service, Jermaine Carelse, says they received an emergency call at 22:32 about a building alight.

“Fire crews from Roeland Street, Salt River, Sea Point, Brooklyn and Milnerton were dispatched. Upon arrival, it was discovered the fire was in the roof void and crews managed to contain and extinguish the fire at 00:43,” Carelse says.

Fire crews used portable pumps to drain the water from the basement and ground floor.

No injuries were reported.

Parliament says that an investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the fire and the extent of the damage.