(CAPE TOWN, S.A) JUST IN: A wildfire raging on the slopes of ‘Table Mountain’ spread to the ‘University of Cape Town’ burning the historic campus library and forcing the evacuation of students on Sunday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.19: Just off-campus on the slopes of Table Mountain, wind spread the flames across dry brush, and part of the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant caught fire, Cape Town media reported:

Table Mountain wildfire spreads to University of Cape Town, forcing evacuation of students: ‘Orange flames lit up the windows of Jagger Library, housing considerable archives and book collections, while firefighters sprayed jets of water to douse the blaze according to AP via local media’

Posted Yesterday at 9:55pm, updated Yesterday at 11:11pm

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Cape Town firefighters battle the wildfire that has burned part of the university.

At least two floors of the library burned, according to local news reports: Other campus buildings also caught fire, and a historic windmill nearby burned: More than 100 firefighters and emergency personnel were deployed to the university campus and to Table Mountain National Park:

A building burns on the campus of the University of Cape, South Africa, Sunday, April 18, 2021.
A wildfire raging on the slopes of the mountain forced the evacuation of students from the University. (AP)

Four helicopters were being used to drop water on threatened areas, officials said.

One firefighter was injured and being treated at a hospital, according to the Cape Town fire and rescue department.

Residents have been cautioned to be on alert, Charlotte Powell, spokeswoman for the city’s disaster risk management centre, said in a statement.

“At this stage, there’s no cause to evacuate, but we ask that residents adhere to the following: close all windows to prevent draft and reduce heat, damp down your garden using a hose or irrigation system,” Ms Powell said.


Students make their way after being evacuated from their residence at the University of Cape Town.
Students make their way after being evacuated from their residence at the University of Cape Town.(AP: Nardus Engelbrecht)

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.19: 2021:

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