The Editors' Table | On the firebreak: Covering Cape Town's inferno

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On Sunday morning, a fire started on Table Mountain in Cape Town. It has since wreaked havoc on the area. 

With temperatures spiking to around 37 degrees Celsius, humidity at less than 10% and extremely strong winds on Monday, the mountain was engulfed in thick smoke and a convoy of helicopters dropped water on the flames as firefighters tried to hold the line.  

Several historic buildings have burnt down, including the oldest surviving windmill in South Africa, buildings at the University of Cape Town, and the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Garden. The Jagger Reading Room at UCT, which housed valuable collections and priceless rare books, was gutted.

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