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Scientology volunteers fly to Cape Town to lend a hand during parliament fire

Scientology Volunteer Ministers from Joburg flew to Cape Town to join more volunteers to give a hand to the Firefighters after the Parliament was set alight.

After the major fire broke out in the South African parliament in Cape Town on Sunday and continued to burn for hours, causing the roof of the old National Assembly building to collapse and authorities fearing significant damage. 

As fire and ashes ravaged Parliament, Scientology Volunteer Ministers quickly assembled and went into the blazing scene to lend a hand to the brave Firefighters as they struggled with the blaze for hours. The volunteers donated and provided the Firefighters with food, water, supplies and anything else needed and have been on the ground since Sunday evening.

Images from the scene showed flames shooting out of the top of one building, sending plumes of thick black smoke into the sky above parliament and into neighboring streets.

Upon their arrival at the scene, they were greeted by a thick layer of smoke veiling the National building and despite the risks involved, they went directly to the hotspot ready for distribution of essentials and anything else they could provide.

“The Fire fighters were rotating in shifts fighting the fire because if they were in there any longer it was said that they would be susceptible to seizures. When we arrived, most of them were extremely dehydrated and had barely had any water or food the whole day so we started with that and anything else they needed was provided afterwards” said Mandy Pelser, a Scientology Volunteer Ministers who was on the scene.

The fire is believed to have started in one of the older buildings in the precinct, leading to a security cordon near the cathedral where the ashes of the anti-apartheid hero Archbishop Desmond Tutu were buried on Saturday.

“We are here to support our brave Firefighters, we know their job is not the easiest and we just want to ensure that we can assist as much as possible” concluded Mandy Pelser.

The volunteers also stayed on the Scene until dusk to help the firefighters put away their equipment when the flames died down a bit.

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