Cape Town fire: Did 'heritage' trees and 'ember attacks' outsmart SANParks' fire preparation?

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Firefighters battle a raging fire in Vredehoek in gale force winds and heavy smoke.
Firefighters battle a raging fire in Vredehoek in gale force winds and heavy smoke.
(Photo by Gallo Images/Brenton Geach)

As the immediate danger to life and limb from the devastating fire that engulfed Table Mountain seemed to subside late on Monday, there were questions about how it got so bad so quickly.

Experts are searching for answers after the fire took out a restaurant at Rhodes Memorial Park, sparked mass evacuations and devoured the Jagger Library Reading Room at the University of Cape Town (UCT).  

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