Fire at South African parliament – level 2

07-01-2022 15:00

On Sunday, there was a fire in the South African parliament in Cape Town.

It was not clear where the fire started because several buildings were part of the parliament. The people inside did not know that there was a fire, because the fire alarm rang only when firefighters were already there. The fire destroyed all of one floor, and a roof fell down. Luckily, nobody was hurt.

It took firefighters several hours to control the fire. When they thought they put it out, it reignited.
The event shocked everyone, as it happened only one day after the funeral of bishop Desmond Tutu. The funeral happened in the nearby St. George’s Cathedral.

Difficult words: fire alarm (a device which makes a loud noise when there is a fire in a building), put out (to stop something burning), reignite (to start burning again).

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