A fire that erupted on Table Mountain on Sunday morning has burnt down a restaurant at Rhodes Memorial and spread out to the University of Cape Town (UCT) , damaging multiple buildings at the institution and forcing the evacuation of approximately 4000 students from the campus.
Efforts continue to contain a vegetation fire in the mountain above UCT.— City of Cape Town (@CityofCT) April 18, 2021
The City of Cape Town is engaging in active firefighting efforts along with TMNP and the Volunteer Wildfire Service.
At this stage, UCT has initiated an evacuation of student residences. #CTNews pic.twitter.com/3qtF6CqcXS
According to News24, the fire - which continued into Monday morning - has now spread towards Devil’s Peak, affecting the suburb of Vredehoek and surrounding areas. In an effort to contain the fire, more than 250 firefighters have been deployed to fight the blaze – resulting in two of them being injured and reportedly being rushed to a hospital nearby.
Reports by the Mail and Guardian, have revealed that a 30-year-old suspect has been arrested for allegedly deliberately starting a separate fire in the vicinity of Devil’s Peak. The man was allegedly spotted by a resident who tracked him down with the help of his sons and dogs.
A number of organisations such as The Gift of the Givers have lent a helping hand to students who were evacuated by providing meals to them. They have also opened a donation account where they have asked people to donate food, drinks and essentials. A number of restaurants and hotels around the area have also offered meals and accommodation to students.
Here’s a look at 13 devastating pictures from the Cape Town fire as captured by citizens: