Massive blaze engulfs a 139-year-old mosque in South African city of Durban

A 139-year-old mosque in the South African city of Durban engulfed in a massive fire that broke out on August 24.

The Grey Street Mosque, one of the largest in the southern hemisphere was caught up in the massive blaze, the cause of which was not immediately known. However, there have been no reports of casualties.

Taking it to the social media platforms, several people expressed grief over the fire at the historical structure that holds the capacity to accommodate up to 7,000 worshippers.

Videos posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter showed crowds gathered as fire raged through the top floor of the two-storey building in the central business district of the south eastern port city. The blaze also damaged three buildings adjacent to the mosque.

The fire fighters were rushed to the spot and managed to bring the fire under control in about two hours.

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