Fire fighters took more than 12 hours to bring South African parliament fire that breakout on Sunday morning January 1, 2022 under control. So far no life has been lost.

South African parliament house was caught with fire and fumes shooting up. Fire fighters gathered to the scene to fight the fire and eventually the fire was brought under control.

In a press statement from South African Parliament’s website, the Parliament Presiding  confirmed the breakout of a fire on the Parliamentary precinct on Sunday morning.

The statement said,  the fire has affected both their Old Assembly Wing and their National Assembly Wing of the buildings of Parliament, which house the chambers of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces. The fire has been contained in the old wing.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said it appeared that a sprinkler system “did not work as it was supposed to” and that a person was being questioned by authorities in relation to the fire.

Ramaphosa praised firefighters for working to “stop parliament from being razed to ashes” but said the fire had “devastated the parliamentary precinct and its contents and assets, including parliament’s historical treasures of heritage.”

One man has been arrested in connection with the fire.|Ghana