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The South African Parliament has today been severely damaged by a fire which is suspected to be arson , one man has been arrested for questioning by authorities.
There are reports the building's sprinkler system failed to operate and the fire detection system only sounded a while after firefighters arrived at the scene , the roof of the building has partially collapsed and large cracks have developed in the wall raising fears of the building's stability.
Dozens of firefighters battled the flames. Officials later said that the entire parliamentary complex was severely damaged.
J P Smith, a member of the Cape Town mayoral committee for safety and security, told reporters that the roof above the old assembly hall was "completely gone" and further damage inside the old chamber had not yet been evaluated.
"It is not possible to see whether it's damaged. We hope it is not because it has so many historical artefacts, but you can't gain access to it without breaking the doors down and we don't want to do that," he said.
Officials said the fire started on the third floor offices and quickly spread to the National Assembly (the parliament's lower house) chamber, reports the BBC's Nomsa Maseko in Cape Town.
No injuries have been reported and there's no indication of what may have started it, our correspondent adds.
Fire and rescue service officials said it could take another four hours to put the fire out completely because of the carpets and wooden floors in the building.
Visser stated general fire information signage was well presented. "A major contributing factor to the excessive heat and smoke encountered throughout the builder was the open-latching of fire doors onto the fire escape staircases using small metal latches. "The ‘rabbit warren’ of locked office configurations off feeder passages negatively affected any ventilation from inner spaces“. Emergency staircases were poorly ventilated and wall panelling and decor materials presented additional fire loading throughout the building. Roeland Street Fire Station’s Station Commander, JJ Williams concurred with Visser’s findings and added that during his walk around of affected areas he found that the National Assembly sprinkler valve was not serviced since 2017 and this needed to be serviced every three years. "The valve also appeared to be closed, if properly serviced the valve should have been locked with a chain in an open position and a block plan would have been available showing system layout.“ Williams said lifts also continued to operate despite a ‘break glass’ unit at one lift being activated. He said roof smoke vents did activate at the National Assembly. Some of the areas of concerns raised by the report included: it was unclear if the fire alarm and detection system was operational as no fire alarm was received by Cape Town Fire Service from the old or new National Assembly buildings. An alarm was received after the fire fighters were already on scene from Tuynhuys adjacent to the assembly buildings. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) failed to shut down which forced the City to isolate electricity to block and the lift safety trip did not operate.