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Table Mountain fire destroyed historical buildings in Cape Town

A wildfire on the slopes of South Africa’s Table Mountain has spread to the nearby University of Cape Town Campus by forcing the evacuation of the hundreds of students, as per the officials.

Soon, the blaze spread quickly after the breaking out on the Sunday morning which is near a memorial to politician Cecil Rhodes. This restaurant was destroyed. The university’s historic library and the other buildings were even affected. However, the four helicopters are water-bombing the flames. South African National Parks mentioned firefighters were alerted at 09:00 local time. However, the flames have spread quickly because of the lower humidity and dry bush.

The fire created its own wind by enhancing the rate of spread. It is estimated that the firefighter will be needed three days for controlling the blaze. It is said, “After the initial investigation, it is surmised that the origin of the fire is from a vacated vagrant fire.”

According to the last report, more than 120 firefighters have been deployed to those areas and one needs to be sent to the hospital for treatment with burn wounds. However, the fire partially destroyed the University of Cape Town’s Jagger Library and the historic Mostert’s Mills. Even the other buildings are also affected.

On Twitter, the university mentioned, “All UCT students have been evacuated from campus by emergency services support staff.”

Notably, the resident in the area has been warned of smoke and soot in the air. Also, mentioned keeping the windows and doors closed. In the meantime, hikers in the Table Mountain National Park have been urged for leaving and drivers have to park in the area which has been mentioned for collecting their vehicles.

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