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Fire Inflicts Heavy Damage to South Africa’s Parliament Building

JOHANNESBURG—A major fire devastated South Africa’s parliament building, with heavy damage to the historic site in the center of Cape Town.

JP Smith, a member of Cape Town’s local city council in charge of safety and security, said fire services were first alerted shortly after 6 a.m. local time on Sunday, after plumes of smoke began to fill the air in the section of the building known as the Old Assembly. Hours later the building was still burning, as more than 70 firefighters continued to fight the blaze.

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