Horror blaze erupts at Cape Town parliament building and is seen from miles away

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Horror as a large fire has erupted at the Houses of Parliament in Cape Town, sending thick, black smoke into the air.

The billowing fumes can be seen from miles away, with one person spotting the smoke from Table Mountain on the outskirts of the town, which is at least two miles away.

Residents in South Africa began reporting concerning details of the fire and posting images on social media on Saturday morning.

The first report an hour ago looked as if the blaze was near parliament and now firefighters have confirmed the flames are indeed from the Houses of Parliament.

Photos at the scene show a top room of the site completely ablaze.

Some feared the thick smoke was coming near from St George's Cathedral at the time the first sightings were recorded online.

Cape Town Fire and Rescue have confirmed the fire is in the parliament building and that fire crews are currently at the scene.

A video on Twitter shows the flames have engulfed a room at the top of the structure, with flames reaching through the windows and bright red and orange flickering on the rooftop.

Alarm bells can be heard ringing in the background of the clip as the black smoke rises upwards in a concerning manner.

Another user tweeted a video from Table Mountain, showing the fire can be seen from Parliament Street in Cape Town – at least two miles away.

The scenes can be spotted amid the towering skyscrapers and dense streets.

The cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed.

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