Fire sweeps through Cameroon parliament

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Cameroon main parliament building engulfed in flames

A fire swept through the main building of Cameroon’s parliament in Yaounde overnight, causing substantial damage, a local television reported on Friday.

 

Public broadcaster CRTV said witnesses reported that the blaze was raging on the third and fourth floors of the building.

“Several deputies from all parties and administrative authorities are helping the deployment of firefighters to stop the flames, which have already ravaged four floors of the administrative block of the building,” it added.

Pictures posted on social media appeared to show a large part of the building had been damaged.

There has so far been no indication of any casualties and the cause of the blaze was not immediately clear.

An AFP new agency photographer said the fire was fully extinguished by dawn today.

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