The main parliament building in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé is badly damaged by a fire which ripped through four floors.
The investigation is underway after firefighters put out the blaze before it could reach the debating chamber. But the main opposition party’s offices were destroyed.
Communication Minister Issa Tchiroma said the fire was probably accidental, but an investigation would determine the cause.
The main opposition Social Democratic Front (SDF) party said: “We have been in parliament for 22 years, and all documentation – soft or hard – has been consumed”.
Cameroon, on the Gulf of Guinea, is a Central African country of varied terrain and wildlife.